Britain Might Give Green Signal To The Plan Of Mixing Different COVID19 Vaccine Shots Occasionally

Britain Might Give Green Signal To The Plan Of Mixing Different COVID19 Vaccine Shots Occasionally

The UK government is expected to allow people to be given different COVID19 vaccine shots on rare occasions. However, it is uncertain whether the mixed doses of different vaccines will be effective against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Taking exit from other strategies worldwide, the officials have said that people might be vaccinated with a combination of two different COVID19 shots in case if the same vaccine doses are out of stock. The new guideline has been updated on New Year. They have said that if the same vaccine is out of stock or the first dose of the vaccine is unknown, it will be reasonable to give one dose of locally accessible vaccine to complete the schedule of the vaccination. The head of Immunization at Public Health England has said that the new guideline will come into effect on rare occasions; therefore, the government is not recommending the mixing of the vaccine shots, which need at least two shots to be given many weeks apart. He has said that the official will do their best to vaccinate people with the same vaccine; however, in case, it is not possible at all, it is better to complete the vaccination with a different vaccine than not completing the immunization.
Experts have said that the COVID19 pandemic has claimed around 74000 lives in the UK, which is the second-highest death toll across the world. Health officials are not leaving any stone unturned to vaccinate people and help put an end to the pandemic, as they speculate that health services will be overwhelmed any time soon. The UK government has reactivated emergency hospitals, which have been built during the start of the pandemic as other hospital wards are overcrowded with COVID19 patients. The UK has been the first country to approve the new COVID19 vaccine and awarding emergency use authorization to the US-based Pfizer and BioNtech vaccine. The country has given emergency use authorization to the COVID19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca as well last month. Both vaccines have been designed to be given as two doses in the gap of many weeks. Nevertheless, they are not developed to be mixed. The government’s new guideline as well has said that there is no proof of the interchangeability of these two vaccines, although experts are conducting studies to determine whether they can be mixed.
Experts have said that the government should make an effort to complete the vaccine regimen with the two doses of the same vaccine if the patients are at urgent high risk. As per the scientists, if some patients are unable to come for the vaccination again, they might be given doses of two different vaccines. The UK has irked a controversy this week as the country has declared its plans to delay the second doses of the COVID19 vaccine shots to ensure more and more people are immunized at least with limited immunity offered by the single dose of the vaccine. Infection Disease expert from the US Anthony Fauci has said that he does not agree with the UK’s decision to postpone the second dose of the vaccine by 12 weeks.