Britain to 'consider fourth Covid jab' as Israel and Germany give green light to second booster

BRITAIN is set to consider a FOURTH Covid-19 jab as Israel and Germany give the green light to a second booster rollout.

Top docs are evaluating how much immunity is given by three jabs, after bombshell findings showed the highly infectious Omicron variant IS milder than other strains.

Immunocompromised Brits are the only group currently offered a fourth jab, but any new rollout could see the elderly and other vulnerable people offered one too.

Their research began after both Israel and Germany opted to push ahead with their second booster rollouts.

But British scientists will no doubt be more reticent to give it the green light, with the first booster jab rollout still well underway across the UK.

Thousands of Brits have already signed up to The Sun's Jabs Army campaign in bid to slow the spread of Omicron this winter.

Boris Johnson yesterday told The Sun that a booster jab is thebest Christmas gift you can give your family- as data revealed Omicron is half as likely to put ­people in hospital.

The stunning news from around 80,000 of the first Omicron cases in the UK has finally confirmed hopes that the latest strain is milder.

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On introducing a fourth jab, deputy chair of theJoint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation told The Daily Telegraph: "We need to see more data.

"We are in different circumstances to Israel and we need to see more data on waning immunity and vaccine effectiveness against hospitalisation."

The second booster would likely need to be put into arms at least four months after the first booster was given.

This means that, should the rollout be approved soon, any potential extra shots could be offered to Brits early next year.

Israel has approved the dose for over-60s, the immunocompromised and healthcare workers.

Israeli Pandemic Expert Committee member Professor Nadav Davidovitch told the paper: "We are seeing waning immunity, reflected in the reduction of antibodies and also in breakthrough infections, in people that got the third dose.

"It’s a bit similar to the situation with the second dose several months ago.

"Due to this, some of us thought that those who are more than four months after their third dose ought to be vaccinated."

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said: "An offensive booster campaign is our most important building block in the fight against Omicron."

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