COVID-19 vaccine boosters could be needed later in the year, UK chief scientist says

Patients are greeted by Abbey staff outside a vaccination centre at Westminster Abbey, amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Booster COVID-19 jabs could be needed in the autumn to prevent another wave of infection, Britain's chief scientific adviser said, although he added that there were no indications that the level of protection offered by the shots was waning.

"There will be a need to think about booster jobs for vaccines in the autumn I suspect, particularly thinking about getting high level of immunity to cover things over the winter," Patrick Vallance told a Downing Street briefing on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Michael Holden and Alistair Smout, writing by Paul Sandle)