Over-50s could receive a third booster jab as the Delta variant of the virus continues to spread across the country.

It is believed the booster will be prioritised for those over 50 years of age who received AstraZeneca vaccines for their first two doses.

The booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine will be offered to those suitable in autumn, as Pfizer's jab has proven to be far more effective at stopping the Delta variant according to The Times.

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Booster doses will be handed out from September and it is anticipated that 23 million people, including the over-50s, those at-risk, and NHS and care home staff will be given the chance to get the additional jab.

A senior government source told The Times that those who had already received the AstraZeneca vaccine, would "be getting an mRNA booster".

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both use mRNA to protect patients from coronavirus. MRNA allows the human body to produce proteins from the virus, allowing it to then create its own immune response to Covid-19.

However, the AstraZeneca vaccine does not use mRNA and instead is made from a version of the common cold virus which has been modified.

The Government has said that the Pfizer vaccine is 96% effective against the Delta variant while the AstraZeneca jab is 92% effective.

It has also been found that mixing doses of the different vaccines can improve a patient's chance of not catching coronavirus. However, the Government has said it does not, at this stage, intend to offer patients different vaccines.

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