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Fourth Covid bites could be rolled out in England from next week following a further rise in cases UK News

It has been revealed that fourth doses of the Covid-19 vaccination could be offered across England as early as next week.

Last month, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization suggested that people over 75 should be entitled to receive additional boosters.

NHS England rolled out the first booster shots (third dose) over six months ago, and so far they haven’t offered a fourth dose so far – reports The Mirror.

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In turn, former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt called for “more punch on the fourth strikes”.

A spokesperson for NHS England said: “The NHS will vaccinate eligible people with a spring dose six months after their first booster, starting at the end of the month for the small number of people eligible before April.”

Covid cases have increased by half in the past week with around 70,000 positive tests per day.

Scotland started rolling out the over-75s more than a week ago.