In response to growing concerns of a potential 'twindemic', England has commenced the rollout of both COVID and flu vaccines. This move aims to prevent a dual epidemic of the influenza virus and COVID-19, which could put severe strain on the health service.
Starting today, the vaccines are being distributed across the country, with a focus initially on individuals in care homes and those who are unable to leave their homes due to health conditions. The National Health Service (NHS) is urging people to receive both jabs to protect themselves and ease the potential burden on hospitals.
This decision comes as fears grow over a new variant of the COVID-19 virus, known as BA.2.86, which is currently under close monitoring due to its propensity to mutate. In addition to this, the annual flu season is fast approaching, prompting concerns of a 'twindemic'.
The term 'twindemic' refers to the simultaneous occurrence of a severe flu outbreak alongside a surge in COVID-19 cases. Health officials worry that such a scenario could stretch healthcare resources to breaking point, hence the proactive measure of rolling out both vaccines concurrently.
According to the NHS, millions of Brits are set to receive their jabs as part of the autumn rollout program. This early action is intended to mitigate the effects of the new COVID variant and the upcoming flu season.