MORE THAN 80 per cent of the population in the UK have received the Covid-19 vaccine.

However, some people are hesitant to get the jab, but alternatives to getting an injection might change some minds.

New alternative such as easy-to-administer patches, pills and nasal sprays could offer new ways of vaccinating the population.

The Patch

An Oxfordshire based company, Emergex in Abingdon, will soon be starting clinical trials of an easy-to-administer skin patch that uses T-cells to kill infected cells.

The patch could give patients longer-lasting immunity than current vaccines.

The company has said the patch could remove the need for seasonal jabs and if the trial is successful the patch could be available in 2025.

Read also: Covid booster jabs available at walk-in clinics... but not in Oxfordshire

The Spray

The University of Oxford launched a trial earlier this year to investigate if the vaccine could be administered using a nasal spray.

The university said the spray would be similar to other over the counter hay fever nasal sprays.

Read also: When can I get Covid booster vaccine? Everything you need to know

The Pill

The UK recently became the first country to approve an anti-viral Covid pill.

The drug, molnupiravir, has been recommended for people with mild to moderate Covid-19 and at least one risk factor for developing severe illness, such as obesity, older age diabetes, and heart disease.


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