A Chalfont St Giles resident is ‘extremely worried’ after the news that the follow up dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be delayed.
Karoline Lamb, 84, received her first dose on December 31 and was due the second one on January 21, which she fears will be cancelled.
The government recently announced that it was changing its vaccination policy by delaying the period between administering the two doses from the recommended three to four weeks to 12 weeks.
This is to make frontline workers a key priority group for vaccination.
The aim is also to give as many people as possible some immunity from one jab as soon as they can.
Karoline Lamb spoke to ChalfontsNews and said: “I feel extremely worried about the whole thing and I think we should have been given this information before, we should not be in this position, they should carry on giving the second dose to us, to protect us.
“If I knew this was going to happen I would not have taken the first jab.
“Health organisations are saying that they cannot agree the wait should be more than three weeks.
“My worry is that the government is about to mess up the vaccination programme by ignoring the manufacturers advice. It may turn out that the second dose may be totally useless after 12 weeks, as a booster could not boost anything that is no longer there.
“At the moment the Pfizer vaccine gives 52 per cent protection. If a booster were to be given after three weeks we might be 90 per cent protected. There is no guarantee
that there will be any protection after 12 weeks according to the manufacturer. I also doubt if we will actually be given a second dose.
“Should it become necessary in future, for travellers, to have a vaccination certificate, it is likely that no country will accept the botched UK certificate.”