All adults to get Covid booster jabs by end of January

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that all adults will be able to get their booster jab by the end of January 2022.

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Mr Johnson confirmed that the vaccination program would work in descending age groups, moving down to a five-year band.

He revealed that four hundred military officers are being drafted in to accelerate the national immunization program to help support the NHS’s efforts.

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He said: “England will have more than 1500 community pharmacy sites where you live will vaccinate people. All of our sites will increase their capacity and we will set up additional hospital centers on top of those already active.

“Temporary vaccination centers will open up like Christmas trees and we will deploy volunteers as well as at least 400 military personnel to aid our NHS efforts.”

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Speaking today during a Downing Street press conference, NHS chief Amanda Pritchard said that once changes are made to the national booking system and legal protocol, the NHS would continue to vaccinate everyone who was already eligible to get their booster jab.

Thereafter, the national booking service will be opened to people above 40 years of age and people in this age group who have had to wait for six months for boosters.

Expanding the Covid-19 booster vaccination program means an additional 6.9 million people over 40 will be eligible for a jab and more than seven million people between the ages of 18 and 39, according to the NHS chief.

Ms Pritchard also confirmed the report Granthshala The NHS will increase payments for GP practices to administer vaccines and revealed that the NHS is looking to recruit 10,000 paid immunization roles. This would be in addition to the thousands of volunteers the NHS is looking for.

He confirmed that military personnel would be used for a range of tasks, from administering jabs, to traveling and assisting with logistics.

The NHS chief said: “These are steps I will set out for the NHS, but this cannot happen overnight, especially given the other pressures facing NHS staff who are working extremely hard.

“They are working hard to address the backlog that has inevitably built up in less urgent care, while hospitals cared for more than half a million people with COVID-19 and, of course, many, communities. In many more.

“They are working very hard to deal with a rebound in the demand for urgent emergency care, and of course they are working very hard today to care for the thousands of patients who are in the hospital and in the community with COVID-19.”

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