There’s such a big disconnect between the text and the headline, the student on day one of a media studies course would think they’d spotted a deliberate error put there by the teacher.
First, note the wee sub-heading under the photo?
But, then back to the scare:
A significant number of Scots most at risk from Covid are still waiting for a booster jab despite receiving their second dose more than six months ago.
Just over 616,000 people in the top priority vaccine groups are now due their booster – but only 511,807 jabs have been given, figures show.
And then back to the facts of the matter suggested in the sub under the photo:
The UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised in September there should be an interval of at least six months between second and third doses:
Despite that, the rest of the report goes on to then forget about the JCVI, worry about supposed fading immunity and repeating the notion of a gap.
Let’s be clear, the JCVI said:
The JCVI advises that the booster vaccine dose is offered no earlier than 6 months after completion of the primary vaccine course, in the same order as during Phase 1.
People vaccinated early during Phase 1 will have received their second dose approximately 6 months ago. Therefore, it would be appropriate for the booster vaccine programme to begin in September 2021, as soon as operationally practical.
Early data in older individuals from Public Health England (PHE) suggests that the protection provided by vaccines against severe COVID-19 decreases gradually over time.
Insufficient time has passed to know what levels of protection might be expected 6 to 12 months after the primary course. Taking a precautionary position, the JCVI considers that on balance it is preferable to maintain a high level of protection in vulnerable adults throughout winter.https://www.gov.uk/government/news/jcvi-issues-updated-advice-on-covid-19-booster-vaccination
So, everyone should be done no earlier than six months after dose 2. Doesn’t that mean that everyone will by definition wait more than 6 months unless we imagine a system where hundreds of thousands can be done on the exact date, six months after dose 2?
And, see that protection against severe Covid decreases gradually? Gradually? So, you’re not in lethal danger at 6 months and 1 day.
Indeed research from the US is quite encouraging:
A series of new studies, including two led by Ellebedy, suggests that mRNA vaccines like those from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna trigger the immune system to establish long-term protection against severe COVID-19 — protection that likely will last several years or even longer, Ellebedy says.https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/08/30/1032520934/immunity-to-covid-19-could-last-longer-than-youd-think
It’s important to be clear that this research looked at the mRNA type which the much politically praised ‘Oxford’ AZ vaccine is not. However, most over 70s and the vulnerable in the UK got Pfizer, I think.