Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:
To ask Her Majesty's Government what contingency plans they have made to alter a COVID-19 vaccination schedule if a booster dose is required.
A COVID-19 vaccine will only be deployed once it has met robust standards on safety, efficacy and quality through clinical trials and approved for use by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. The Government has asked the National Health Service to be ready to deploy any safe and effective vaccines when available. All plans for deployment remain flexible as there are no certainties in the development, production, formulation and timing of any new vaccines. Information on vaccine characteristics, including potential requirements for a booster dose, is being factored into programme deployment planning.