A brand new coronavirus vaccine geared toward defending individuals towards each the unique Covid-19 virus and the Omicron variant needs to be obtainable in Northern Eire by autumn.
Stormont’s Division of Well being has stated it’s meant for use as a part of its autumn booster programme.
On Monday, the UK turned the primary nation on the earth to approve the jab for grownup sufferers.
It is named a bivalent vaccine because it tackles two strains of Covid.
Nevertheless, UK well being officers say individuals ought to take whichever booster they’re supplied as all jabs present safety.
Throughout the UK, 26 million individuals are eligible for some type of booster, however Moderna, which is manufacturing the vaccine, thinks solely about half that quantity of doses can be obtainable this yr.
Final month, it was introduced that everybody aged 50 and over can be supplied a Covid booster vaccine this autumn.
Booster jabs may even be supplied to:
well being and social care employees
carers who’re over the age of 16
individuals over 5 whose well being places them at better danger,
individuals over 5 who share a home with anyone with a weakened immune system
Approval for the twin vaccine within the UK was granted by the Medicines and Healthcare Merchandise Regulatory Company on Monday.
In an announcement, a Stormont spokesman stated: “It’s meant that the bivalent vaccine can be utilized in Northern Eire as a part of the autumn Covid-19 booster programme.
“The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will advise on how this vaccine needs to be supplied as a part of the deployment programme.
“Additional particulars on the booster programme can be issued sooner or later.”
Covid: North’s well being officers plan to make use of new twin vaccine was final modified: August sixteenth, 2022 by