Jan 23, 2021

Covid: Gap between Pfizer vaccine doses should be halved, say doctors

The UK is administering both parts of the Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines 12 weeks apart, having initially planned to leave three weeks between the Pfizer jabs. In a private letter to Prof Whitty, the British Medical Association said it agreed that the vaccine should be rolled out "As quickly as possible" - but called for an urgent review and for the gap to be reduced to six weeks. The World Health Organization has recommended a gap of four weeks - to be extended only in exceptional circumstances to six weeks. There has been some tension over the decision to lengthen the time between doses for the Pfizer vaccine to 12 weeks. A mismatch between policies across the UK - in particular, Northern Ireland's decision to give the Pfizer vaccine to care home residents and staff within three weeks.

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