‘Show some respect’ Sajid Javid loses it in heated Twitter spat: ‘WTF is happening?’

Sajid Javid clashes with Kay Burley over NHS vaccines

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The Health Secretary hit back at a commentator who posted about receiving a different booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine to that which he initially accepted and had administered during the historic vaccine rollout earlier this year. This follows the UK Government announcement that all over-40s in the UK are soon to be offered a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. On Monday, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended “all adults aged 40 to 49 years should be offered an mRNA booster, 6 months after their second dose.”

This will be “irrespective of the vaccines given for the first and second doses.”

A study published last month by the Umeå University in Sweden showed that a mix and match approach to COVID-19 booster jabs produced a better antibody response than sticking to the same vaccine for each dose.

Self-described “libertarian,” David Atherton tweeted to his 15,000 followers: “From our ‘world-beating’ NHS.

“Went for my 3rd jab today, previously having had 2 Pfizer ones.

“They were only using Moderna vaccines.

“WTF is happening, Sajid Javid?”

In a rare bite back at criticism on Twitter by UK Government Cabinet members, Mr Javid responded: “So what?

“How about you show some respect for the NHS.”

NHS advice to those booking a booster jab currently states that the booster jab may not be produced by the same manufacturer as the one responsible for a person’s initial two vaccines.

The NHS says: “Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine.

“This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses.

“Some people may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.”

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The JCVI highlights that “recent UK and international data have provided early signs of a slight fall in the levels of protection against severe disease from the primary doses, in those who had their initial vaccines a long time ago.

“Booster vaccines are being offered to eligible groups to help them maintain high levels of protection against hospitalisation, severe illness or dying over the winter.”

Just prior to his social media clap-back, Mr Javid publicised on his account that the UK had reached another “booster milestone”, in the Health Secretary’s words.

He tweeted: “We’ve now hit 13 MILLION boosters in the UK.

“That means 1 million top-up jabs have been given in the last 3 days, which is fantastic.”

He then urged: “To all those eligible, do not delay and #GetBoosted asap.”

Earlier on Tuesday, the Health Secretary added that he had also accepted independent medical advice to offer 16 and 17 year-olds a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

On Twitter, he clarified: “The NHS is preparing to offer the jabs from next Monday.”

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