- 19.4 million booster jabs have been given across the UK, with 420,910 administered in the last 24 hours
- Boris Johnson pledges that all 53 million adults in the UK will be offered a booster by the end of January
- The government aims to deliver at least half a million boosters a day or 3.5 million boosters per week to meet the deadline.
- There is growing concern that the NHS will not hit target as hospitals juggle backlogs and vaccinations
- Even more doubts were raised today when 1,000 people stopped getting vaccinated at a Peterborough pharmacy
- As part of the ramp-up drive, 3,000 sites will offer vaccines, with at least 400 military personnel deployed
Britain today produced 420,000 booster COVID vaccines a week, a six per cent increase – short of the ambitious target of 80,000 injections No10.
Daily data from the Department of Health shows that 19.4 million booster jabs have been given across the UK, with 420,910 administered in the past 24 hours.
Boris Johnson unveiled a new booster vaccination campaign on Wednesday and promised that all 53 million adults in Britain would be offered a booster by the end of January.
The government aims to deliver at least half a million boosters every day, or 3.5 million boosters per week to meet the deadline. But in the last seven days, only 2.6 million have been administered, an average of 380,000 per day.
There are growing concerns that the NHS will not be able to achieve its goals as hospitals grapple with staff shortages and try to clear the backlog of alternative care that has accumulated during the pandemic.
More suspicion arose today when a thousand people were stopped from a vaccination center located at a pharmacy in Peterborough because there were not enough volunteers.
As part of the ramp-up booster drive, 3,000 sites will offer the vaccine, at least 400 military personnel will be deployed to assist NHS staff, while volunteers and GPs will receive more for every injection by the end of next month. Will get cash
NHS leaders said today that the only way to meet the target would be to end routine operations so that staff can shift their focus to the rollout.
And despite the booster dose being completed in the next eight and a half weeks, GPs were relieved of their duty today to conduct routine health checks on Old Britons until April to help with the rollout.
Meanwhile, a COVID booster trial found that the third dose would provide good protection against the Omicron variant.
Altogether 18 million Britons have received the booster jab so far and, following yesterday’s guidance change, all 53 million adults over the age of 18 will finally be eligible. At the current rate of 2.4 million jabs per week, it will take until March to get everyone excited
NHS to end routine surgery to meet No10 booster deadline
Health leaders have warned the NHS is set to end more routine operations to shift its focus to the UK’s huge booster rollout for staff.
Boris Johnson has promised a booster COVID vaccine to all 53 million eligible adults by the end of January to protect the country from the oncoming omicron wave.
NHS England has not yet explained exactly how healthcare providers are expected to speed up the vaccine programme.
An NHS leader based in the Midlands told The Independent: ‘The only way we will be able to meet the requirement would be to stop the less essential and more routine work and I am very reluctant to do so, which has backlogs and pressures. System.’
A leader based in the Midlands said removing resources from planned care was the ‘only option’.
‘That’s the only way to meet the deadline, we’ve done modeling and’ [we] He said hundreds of additional full-time equivalent employees would be needed.
An NHS leader said GP health screening and screening may have to be abandoned, and this is already being discussed.
“Some screening and non-essential GP work can be built up and is being discussed at the national level, but clarity will also be needed for community service providers who have carried out a lot of vaccine programmes,” he said. is,’ he said.
Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents all NHS hospitals, said the booster campaign would help health leaders manage a balancing act of priorities.
“Given the critical importance of the booster campaign, trust leaders know they will need to balance emergency care and its additional demands with current pressures in the care backlog,” he said,
‘Faith leaders will always do everything possible to avoid reducing activity, but when necessary, they will prioritize based on clinical need, which they are very experienced in doing.’