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Ministers pushed for pet Covid jab to stop the spread of the variant

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So far, animals have not been vaccinated for Covid-19, but discussions within the Labour party are starting to push for it to happen once all humans have been vaccinated.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 28/06/2021, 17:00, Updated on the 30/06/2021, 09:45

While Covid-19 is thought to have originated in bats, there is currently no proof that the virus can be transmitted from humans to animals and vice versa.

But a couple of isolated cases have raised concern amongst experts. For example, last July, a cat in the UK tested positive to the virus after catching it from his owner.


Covid-19 vaccine for pets

With the intense rise in the number of Delta cases in the past few weeks, Ministers are starting to consider vaccination of cats and dogs. 

While little is known about the different variants, it’s not inconceivable to think that a variant could be more transmissible between species. Vaccinating pets would be a way to make sure that every risk is eliminated.

BVA recommendations regarding the virus

Currently, a lab in Russia and another in the USA are working on animal-safe Covid-19 jabs. But considering how long it took for humans to get the vaccine, we don’t expect to see the pet vaccine being rolled out any time soon.

In the meantime, the British Veterinary Association simply reminds pet owners to wash their hands after petting an animal, just in case traces of the virus were on their fur.