How effective are Covid boosters and do I need one to travel abroad?

How effective are Covid boosters and do I need one to travel abroad?
How effective are Covid boosters and do I need one to travel abroad?
How effective are Covid boosters and do I need one to travel abroad? As officials step up rollout of third jab, the big questions answered

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Who can now have a booster?

Since September all over-50s and the clinically vulnerable – 32million Britons in total – have been eligible for third doses. Yesterday this was extended to all those aged 40 to 49, an extra eight million, who can book their jabs from Monday. Individuals can only have their booster dose once six months has passed since their second.

How effective are boosters?

They are incredibly effective at topping up immunity, slashing the risk of infection by an extra 80 per cent compared with not having a booster. They are also likely to offer even greater protection against hospitalisation and death.

Yesterday the UK Health Security Agency published the first real-world data on protection offered by boosters, based on the cases of 271,000 over-50s. Two weeks after receiving a booster dose, protection against symptomatic infection increases to 94 per cent. This reverses the decline in protection six months after the second dose, when it drops to 44 per cent for the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab and 63 per cent for

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