NHS officials revealed on Saturday that two million people across England now have their own COVID-19 booster vaccine.
Top-up jabs are being given to people with severely weakened immune systems who haven’t had a strong response to their initial vaccinations, as well as to health and social care workers.
England’s chief nursing officer, Ruth May, said she had found him and encouraged others who were qualified to do the same.
“It is wonderful to see that in just three weeks into the booster campaign, more than two million people are in a hurry to get their top-up in safety ahead of the busy winter period for the NHS,” she said.
And she said: “Thanks to the incredible efforts of NHS staff who are vaccinated 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 gotten my booster shot before 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. “
The news comes that the overall pace of vaccination has been slowing down.
Around 4.9 million first doses have now been administered in the UK – about 73 per cent of the population as well as about 45 million second doses (67 per cent).
The figures mean that England’s rates have slipped from the highest in Europe to just 12th.
Experts say the decline is due to the decision to vaccinate children over the age of 12 for a longer period than in many other countries and a refusal to create the vaccination passport system used in France and Scotland.
People currently eligible for the booster jab include those aged 50 and over, frontline health and social care workers, and those aged 16 to 49 whose underlying health conditions put them at greater risk from the virus.
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