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UK healthcare hits 2 million COVID booster vaccine shots mark

By PTI

London: Over 2 million so called ??top ups?? The UK Health Service announced on Saturday that COVID-19 vaccine booster jabs have been distributed to people in priority categories in England within three weeks.

The National Health Service (NHS) said people in high-risk categories have quickly accepted offers of booster jabs before winter, with a total of 2.08 million ??top up?? administered so far.

Currently, around 4 million people in England are eligible for boosters in addition to their two COVID-19 vaccine jabs. People 50 years of age and older, including those with underlying health conditions, and health and care workers.

??Great to see that just three weeks into the booster campaign, over 2 million people have been hurried to get their top up in safety before the busy winter period for the NHS, ?? Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England.

Thanks to the incredible efforts of NHS staff vaccinating at mosques, sports grounds and community centres, those who are eligible and most at risk from the 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 viruses, ?? he said.

Those who are eligible for a booster shot will be invited to have their vaccine at least six months after their second dose, in line with independent expert advice.

Therefore, the number of eligible people changes daily as more people reach the six-month mark.

Millions of people have already been invited by text, email and letter and are being encouraged to book through the national booking service.

The NHS launched the booster program on 16 September and has sent over 4 million invitations to eligible people.

More than 80 million vaccinations have been distributed since the NHS delivered the first COVID-19 vaccine dose of Oxford/AstraZeneca Vaccine in England on December 8, 2020, and four out of five adults have taken both doses.

In line with the guidance of the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI), eligible people will receive either a single dose of Pfizer/BioNTech or half a dose of Moderna Vaccine as a booster shot.

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