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Ministers hoping vaccines watchdog will back mass rollout of booster jabs

Government awaits JCVI decision as MHRA says third jab of Pfizer or AstraZeneca would be safe

Ministers have piled pressure on the vaccines watchdog to approve a large-scale programme of Covid booster injections ahead of the winter, as the number of people in hospital with the virus exceeded 8,000 for the first time since March.

On Thursday the UK’s medicines regulator granted emergency approval for the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines to be used as third shots to tackle potentially waning immunity, also putting pressure on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to approve a new jab programme.

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