Get your booster by December 11 and you’ll be ‘highly protected’ at Xmas: NHS issues plea to 7m eligible Brits who’ve not come for third dose yet

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  • Three in 10 eligible people across the UK have not received their critical third dose
  • Protection from getting sick with covid is more than 90% after booster vaccine
  • NHS said – boosters will give people ‘extremely high security Christmas Day’ by December 11

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Eligible Britons have two weeks to receive a COVID booster if they want maximum protection against the virus on Christmas Day.

The NHS has issued a petition calling for around 7 million – or three in 10 – eligible people to have a critical third dose yet.

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Real-world UK data shows that the protection against getting sick with COVID two weeks after injection exceeds 90 per cent. The immunity to hospitalization and death is even greater.

This means that getting the booster by December 11 will give people “a lot more protection against COVID until Christmas Day”, officials said.

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Boosters are being given to everyone over the age of 40 as long as it has been six months since their second dose. But people can book their appointment at the five-month mark.

Figures show that nearly six months ago till May 25, 23 million people were double-vaccinated against Covid.

There are currently 16 million boosters administered, suggesting that 7 million (30 percent) still have to come forward.

Britain is expecting a relatively normal Christmas this year after a surge in Covid cases in the last few weeks of 2020, leading to last-minute lockdown curbs.

In the latest expansion of the campaign, over 40 people are now being offered the COVID Booster.  Image: Doctor Abhi Mantagani administers a COVID-19 vaccine booster to Joan Coombs at the Birkenhead Medical Building in Birkenhead

In the latest expansion of the campaign, over 40 people are now being offered the COVID Booster. Image: Doctor Abhi Mantagani administers a COVID-19 vaccine booster to Joan Coombs at the Birkenhead Medical Building in Birkenhead

The latest plea from the NHS and the government is supported by 16 health charities representing people with health conditions that make them more vulnerable to the virus and their carers.

The donations represent people who are particularly vulnerable to potential COVID or flu infections, such as people with heart conditions or diabetes, or people with a compromised immune system, such as those undergoing treatment for cancer.

These organizations will use their contact networks to reach vulnerable people to get their vaccines and reassure them if they have any concerns about getting the jab.

Now the EU says that all adults should be given Kovid boosters

Everyone in the EU over the age of 18 should be given a COVID booster jab to combat the continent’s brutal fourth wave, the bloc’s public health agency advised today.

In a dramatic U-turn, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said that while priority should be given to those over 40, countries with supply should start moving to younger age groups.

The ECDC’s announcement – which comes just two months after advising against a third dose for young adults – is a response to rising Covid cases and admissions that have forced five countries into some form of harsh lockdown.

Last night, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that another 700,000 Europeans could die from Covid this winter if the current surge is not curbed.

ECDC director Dr Andrea Ammon pointed to data from the UK and Israel, which show people who have received a booster jab have a 90 percent greater protection against COVID symptoms, and are more prone to hospitalizations and deaths. There is also high protection against

Europe is currently in the grip of a continuing wave of Covid cases, which has prompted countries such as Austria to reimpose lockdown restrictions, especially for unvaccinated ones.

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Nikki Joule, policy manager at Diabetes UK, said: ‘It is clear that the pandemic is still posing a very real threat, so it is incredibly important that people with diabetes stay healthy and stay out of hospital.

‘Our advice is simple: If you are living with diabetes, you should be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine upon contact. Coronavirus vaccines are safe and saving lives.

Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said: ‘From our contact with caregivers, we know that receiving the vaccine has not only increased their immunity, but has also brought a sense of relief and reduced stress. .’

‘As we approach Christmas, we know it can be a busy time, especially if you are providing unpaid care to a sick or disabled relative or friend.

‘We encourage any unpaid caregivers who do not yet have boosters to come forward and get one as soon as possible, so they can protect themselves and their loved ones.’

Health Secretary Sajid Javid thanked the donors for supporting the COVID booster and flu jab campaigns.

He said, ‘With winter coming, it is so important that people who are at risk of the virus are safe to keep themselves safe.’

Vaccines are safe and effective and are helping us build a wall of defense against COVID-19. Please come forward for yourself at the earliest.

This week the Kovid Booster campaign was opened for people in their 40s, which can be booked online.

The government is urging eligible Britons to loosen their wallets following a surge in COVID cases and the return of lockdown restrictions in Europe.

It wants more people to come forward to protect themselves and reduce potential pressure from winter insects coming under the NHS in the coming months.

Following a surge in cases and the return of lockdown restrictions in Europe, people eligible for boosters have been urged to take the offer as soon as possible to protect themselves, their families and help ease pressure on the NHS. accept.

The UK’s COVID Booster campaign has quickly gained ground in recent weeks, during a slow start since its launch in September.

There are fewer places offering COVID Booster walk-ins and less demand for self jabs from the public than the original two-dose now offered to every UK adult.

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