LONDON: Britain’s Health Service announced on Saturday that more than 2 million so-called ‘top up’ COVID-19 vaccine booster jabs have been distributed in 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 ups’ administered so far.
Currently, around 4 million people in England are eligible for boosters in addition to their two COVID-19 vaccine jabs – including health and care workers, those with underlying health conditions and those aged 50 and over.
Chief Nursing Officer Ruth May said: “It is wonderful to see that in just three weeks into the booster campaign, more than 2 million people have rushed to get their top up in safety ahead of the busy winter period for the NHS.” For NHS England.
“Thanks to the incredible efforts of NHS staff who are vaccinated at mosques, playgrounds and community centres, those who are eligible and most at risk from coronavirus have been able to get their booster shot. I am getting my booster shot. Got the shot ahead. Cold to protect yourself and those around you – I would urge others to do the same – it’s quick, effective and provides really important protection against the virus,” she 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.