VULNERABLE Brits will receive more Covid boosters in spring and next winter – but vaccinations for people at low risk will be scrapped this year.
Ministers said today a booster rollout will take place in autumn 2023 for people at high risk.
And a smaller group of those most at risk from Covid will also receive spring blasts.
But vaccines for healthy people will be scaled back as Britain moves away from Covid.
From February 12, booster shots will no longer be available for healthy people under the age of 50.
Offers for the first and second doses will also be withdrawn later this year.
Health Secretary Maria Caulfield said the decision was made “as the transition progresses from pandemic emergency response to pandemic recovery”.
Praising the “remarkable” launch, which has dispensed 145 million doses since December 2020, NHS Jabs Director Steve Russell made a final call to Brits.
He said: “I would encourage anyone who has not yet had a Covid booster to make an appointment in the next few weeks and make the most of what is available.”
The move marks the end of an era when 43 million people received at least two doses of the life-saving vaccine.
Up to eight million people are still not getting double stung and have run out of time to come forward.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, which advised ministers on the latest move, said the rollout of the vaccine should now become “more targeted”.
It added that “emergency vaccines” are on standby in the event of a deadly new variant.
All over-50s and Britons with long-term illnesses could be part of the autumn roll-out again, lining up for flu vaccines.
Spring boosters are likely to only hit nursing home residents and those with weakened immune systems.
Professor Wei Shen Lim, Chair of Covid Vaccines at the agency, said: “The Covid-19 vaccination program continues to reduce serious illness across the population while helping to protect the NHS.
“For this reason, we have recommended planning further booster vaccinations for those at higher risk of serious illnesses as part of a fall booster program later this year.
“We will also shortly be providing definitive advice on a spring booster program for those most at risk.”
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