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

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits a vaccination centre at Cwmbran Stadium

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)