How quickly will the boosters be rolled out?
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer, said boosters could start being administered within days. “My personal view is this needs to start very quickly,” he told a Downing Street press conference.
NHS sources said they expected booster jabs would be in arms “within a week”.
Where will boosters be administered?
NHS England told providers on July 1 to prepare for a booster programme. Those eligible will be invited to have their booster either through their GP, at a community pharmacy or a mass vaccination centre.
Workforce planning has been under way for months to ensure there is capacity across these sites, as well as maintaining the general vaccine rollout, the annual flu jab campaign and other healthcare demands.
NHS England is currently turning around its guidance, which will go out to providers within the next few days, setting out the JCVI’s recommendations and what is expected of them for the rollout. Once this guidance has been issued, boosters can start.