'Just as safe as a flu jabs' - Your views on coronavirus booster vaccines ahead of JCVI guidance

Vaccination experts are due to set out guidance on Covid booster jabs in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, 4th August 2021, 2:23 pm

Ahead of an announcement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which is expected before Monday, September 6, we asked for readers’ views on taking a third dose of a Covid vaccine.

Plans have been drawn up for the NHS to deliver a joint coronavirus and flu jab drive in the autumn, pending a decision on whether or not booster jabs are needed.

It is understood that the results from a number of clinical trials are expected later in the summer.

A doctor draws up the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a pop-up vaccination centre. Picture: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

We asked readers if having a coronavirus booster jab would make them feel safer over the winter months. This is what they had to say on our social media pages:

Stella Watson: “It will be the same as getting the flu jab every year so I will be getting both.”

Joyce Galley: “We have a flu jab every year so it makes perfect sense to have a Covid one as well.”

Les Hodgson: “A vaccine with no long-term experience or study, not sure. I don't go out much or mix. I'm used to hands, space, it's my new normal, no matter what others think.”

Gordon Chalk: “The reason the death rate is very low is because [of] all the vaccines, help us all survive Covid. Please get double jabbed everyone!”

Richard Pressling: “I had the jab to protect me, I wear the mask to protect others. It's freedom of choice, and showing respect.”

Sheila Robinson: “Don't think I'll bother, life [is] still no different now to when we were promised the earth if we had two jabs.”

Carl Gracey: “Four injections in 10 months - can’t believe people are comfortable with this.”

David A Turnbull: “Just as safe as a flu jab.”

Tomo Thomas: “It’s only common sense isnt it, that as the virus evolves, the vaccine will need updating too to cover the likes of delta and other future variants.”

Luke Metcalf: “Wouldn't bother me, I'll happily get them. It will be like the yearly flu jab see zero issue with it.”

David Wheelhouse: “The first two jabs don't make me feel any safer.”

Bartle Rippon: “No not necessary. Flu one yes.”

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