COVID BOOSTER UPDATE
The Somerset Guardian, 10th November 2021
This week, the Government has released figures showing that more than 10 million people across the United Kingdom (UK) have received their COVID-19 booster or third jabs, thus ensuring the vital protection they have secured from their first two doses is maintained over the forthcoming winter months.
A total of 10,920,416 people have received their booster and third jabs in the UK. 45,836,791 people have had two doses (79.7%) and 50,234,416 people have received one dose (87.4%). Seven in ten over-eighties and three in five over-fifties in England are already vaccinated with top-up jabs.
NHS England will be inviting another three million people who will become entitled for their booster next week. More than 13 million invites have already been sent in England so far asking them to book their booster online through the National Booking Service. The National Booking Service has been updated to allow those eligible for a booster vaccine to pre-book their jab five months after their second dose.
People will still receive their vaccine six months after their second dose but the change will speed up the vaccination programme by allowing people to receive a jab the day they become eligible, rather than waiting for a convenient appointment.
As winter looms, we must all do what we can to ensure that protection for the elderly and the most clinically vulnerable is maximised and that the NHS is not encumbered. Therefore, I urge all those qualified to have the booster shot to make arrangements to receive it.
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