Young people are now trying to get their second Covid vaccine early so they can go on vacation without having to quarantine, GP says
- dr. Sam Everington Says Young People Are Trying To Get Their Second Shots Early
- For travel to countries with an amber list without quarantine on return, two doses are required
- Most people in their mid-twenties can’t get a second shot until the end of August
Young people try to get their second shot early so that they can go abroad on holiday, says a GP.
People traveling to amber-listed countries can return to the UK for ten days without going into quarantine, if they are fully vaccinated at least two weeks before their return.
Currently Britons have to wait eight weeks between doses – but millions of younger adults have still only had one shot.
Professor Sam Everington, chair of the NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group, said ‘many people’ are trying to get their second dose sooner so they can go on holiday.
Some youths have taken to social media to share locations of pop-up clinics offering second shots as little as four weeks apart.
Scientists insist that the eight-week difference is the sweet spot for ensuring people have the most protection against the virus.
Professor Sam Everington, chair of the NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group, says young people are desperate to get their second shots early so they can go on holiday abroad
Professor Everington admitted many GPs are still struggling to attract some young people in the area to get a shot.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘We thought it was all about social media but they (young people) said they wanted a piece of paper stating when and where to get vaccinated.
‘And the passport is also the most important. That’s a great driver.
‘We have many people who want to get their second vaccination early, for example, so that they can go on holiday abroad.
When should I get my second dose?
The government’s top scientists say anyone under 40 should wait at least eight weeks before getting their second dose and no more than 12.
It comes after people over 40 shortened their second dose gap in light of the Indian variant last month.
Professor Anthony Harnden, who helped prepare the priority list for jabs, said he would not recommend getting the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine earlier than eight weeks after the first.
But he added that the second dose of the Pfizer shot can be given from three to 12 weeks after the first dose.
Numerous studies have suggested that both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca shots are more effective after a longer period between doses.
Second doses can be booked online with the NHS or received at walk-in clinics.
“There’s no clear evidence, but what we’re seeing is that when we do pop-ups, when we go to people instead of people coming to us [more people get a jab].
‘[Previously] we found we had a lot of appointments that just weren’t used.
“So you either have to ramp up the demand – and the passport scenario will do that – or you’ll go to people.
‘You go where they are and you try to do innovative ways’ [to] stimulate.
‘[Having a pop up clinic at West Ham’s football stadium] was very powerful because for the people of East London this is their football club.’
The Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) – which advises the government on vaccine policy – reduced the waiting time between shots from 12 to eight weeks in May to ensure more people received full protection as the Delta variant took over the country. .
But most people in their mid-20s and younger weren’t invited to their first vaccine until mid-June, meaning they won’t get a second dose until late August.
Ministers have asked the JCVI for advice to shorten the waiting time from eight to four weeks, but the move has been shot down by experts.
It comes after experts warned young people not to rush ahead to get their second shots.
A study by scientists at the nation’s top universities found that having at least six weeks between doses of Pfizer’s vaccine boosts immunity, with eight weeks being the sweet spot.
The study of 500 NHS staff found that waiting ten weeks instead of three weeks causes the body to produce more than twice as many antibodies to fight India’s ‘Delta’ Covid variant.
Meanwhile, Dominic Raab said today it’s a “smart policy” for companies to insist that employees be double-punched before they can return to their offices.
The foreign minister said he “understands” why companies would want to take such a stance.
However, he insisted that he does not support the ‘stick approach’ of staff being told to return to the city and city centers because some people have ‘understandable concerns’.