Vaccination programme hits two million boosters mark

More than two million top up coronavirus jabs have been delivered in just three weeks, with anyone who is eligible urged to come forward for their extra protection.

People have been quick to take up the offer of a life-saving coronavirus jab ahead of winter – with a total of 2.08 million top ups administered so far.

Currently, around four million people in England are eligible for a booster including health and care workers, those with underlying health conditions and people aged 50 and over. People who are eligible will be invited for their booster shot at least six months on from their second dose, in line with independent expert advice.

The NHS kickstarted the booster programme in mid-September, within two days of updated advice from the JCVI, and has sent out more than four million invites to those who are eligible.

Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, said: “It’s fantastic to see that just three weeks into the booster campaign, more than two million people have been quick to get their top up in protection ahead of what will be a busy winter period for the NHS.

“Thanks to the incredible efforts of NHS staff who have been vaccinating at mosques, sports grounds, and community centres those who are eligible and most at risk from coronavirus have been able to get their booster shot. I have received my booster shot ahead of winter to protect myself and those around me – I would urge others to do the same – it is quick, effective and provides really important protection against the virus.”

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