Jason joined the Vaccines Minister in thanking once again the superb local vaccination teams and asked the Minister to confirm the JCVI’s rationale for an 8 week gap between jabs.
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Jason McCartney MP
Will the Minister join me in thanking Sylvia, Fahad and all the fantastic local team who have vaccinated more than 47,000 people in Honley, Slaithwaite and other pop-up sites across Kirklees?
Can he respond to one of the questions they are regularly being asked, which is about the rationale of the JCVI guidance that there should be an eight-week minimum interval between jabs?
Nadhim Zahawi MP
I certainly join my hon. Friend in thanking Sylvia, Fahad and all the local team on the extraordinary work they have done.
The JCVI advice on the eight-week interval is based on real-world data that suggests that it offers the highest level of protection in terms of antibodies and T cells. Anything below that—I know a number of colleagues have asked me this question—would not be advisable.