Speaking to FIT for a previous article, virologist Dr Gagandeep Kang came out in support of the 12-week gap.
A second recommendation by the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group, yet to be adopted, is on waiting for six months after COVID infection to take the vaccine.
At the time, the UK authorities, the European Medical Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended the 12-week gap.
However, this new study points out that the decision which was based on maximising population coverage, “might have had a limited impact of protection against parental SARS-CoV-2 strains or the B.1.1.7 variant, (as) the potential impact on protection from other VOCs is poorly understood.”
In light of the new data that has emerged regarding the Delta variant’s response to the first-generation vaccines, the UK authorities are now looking at reviewing these guidelines to reduce the gap.
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