Sajid Javid has told a man to “show some respect for the NHS” after he questioned why his booster jab was from a different manufacturer from his first and second.
Writing on Twitter, Dave Atherton - who describes himself as a libertarian who used to contribute to controversial right-wing blog Breitbart - said he had received two doses of Pfizer before receiving a Moderna vaccine for his third.
He appeared to question whether this was a good idea, by putting “world beating NHS” in quotation marks.
From our "world beating" @NHS. Went for my 3rd jab today, previously having had 2 Pfizer ones.
They were only usin… https://t.co/XEO1W6aVkP
On Monday, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended “all adults aged 40 to 49 years should be offered an mRNA booster, 6 months after their second dose.”
It is perfectly safe and effective to mix vaccines. Scientific journal Nature reports that studies show that “combining two different COVID-19 vaccines provides protection on par with that of mRNA vaccines — including protection against the Delta variant.”
Meanwhile, NHS guidance says: “Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine.
“This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses.
“Some people may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.”
Replying to Atherton’s tweet, many people pointed out that it was standard procedure.
@DaveAtherton20 @NHS @sajidjavid Despite the very rude reply from @sajidjavid the idea is you have a different vacc… https://t.co/dxa0S6F0zM