Delaying second COVID-19 dosing ‘unwise’ says UK microbiologist

The decision to delay the second dose of COVID-19 vaccinations for 500,000 Britons has been criticized as “pretty unwise” by a leading UK microbiologist.

Simon Clarke, associate professor in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, also poured scorn on Prime Minister Johnson’s promise to vaccinate tens of millions within three months and warned against suggestions patients could receive doses of two different vaccines.

Clarke said, “Older, more vulnerable people may be slightly confused by this. It doesn’t make life easy at all. I really think it’s being done not as a piece of clever planning, but as a reaction to the fact that there is not as much vaccine available as needed, particularly in the face of the new variant.”

Last week the UK government announced those who have received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine could have their second injection delayed for up to 12 weeks, as the National Health Service seeks to halt the country’s rising death toll.

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