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Britain gives vaccine boosters to those over 50, with health issues

Published:Thursday | September 16, 2021 | 9:34 AM
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a media briefing in Downing Street, London, Tuesday, September 14, 2021. (Dan Kitwood/Pool Photo via AP)

LONDON — Britain is giving coronavirus booster shots to people over age 50 and those 16 to 49 with underlying medical conditions.

The National Health Service says the first shots were administered Thursday to health care workers.

That means more than 30 million people are due to be given a booster at least six months after their second dose of vaccine.

More than 81% of British adults have received two doses.

The decision to offer booster shots is not recommended by the World Health Organization, which has asked wealthy nations to delay giving them until every country has vaccinated at least 40% of their people.

So far, only a few wealthy countries have recommended the use of boosters.

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