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Covid-19: Booster dose will be needed in autumn to avoid winter surge, says government adviser

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n664 (Published 09 March 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n664

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Re: Covid-19: Booster dose will be needed in autumn to avoid winter surge, says government adviser

Dear Editor

“Booster doses will be required in the autumn,” says the headline.

Will the booster dose be of the same vaccine as was used for the first two doses? The MHRA ought to clarify now.

According to a BBC report today, the MHRA seems to be speaking with a forked tongue. It says that “Astra Zeneca risks and benefits are finely balanced in younger women”.

Since no one has yet suggested that the Pfizer is risky in the matter of Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis, could the MHRA not clearly advise that younger women should avoid Astra Zeneca?

Dr JK Anand

Competing interests: Had two jabs of Astra Zeneca

07 April 2021
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough, England