NHS England Covid-19 jab bookings surpass 1 million in two days – .

NHS England Covid-19 jab bookings surpass 1 million in two days – .

More than a million Covid-19 vaccines were booked in just two days after the NHS opened its vaccination program to all adults in England on Friday.
A total of 1,008,472 appointments were made on Friday and Saturday through the booking service, NHS England said – an average of over 21,000 per hour, or six per second.

The actual figure is probably higher because it does not include appointments at local immunization services run by general practitioners or people receiving the vaccine at walk-in centers.

The NHS has now administered around 62 million doses since Margaret Keenan became the first member of the public to receive a jab on December 8.

Four in five adults have now received their first vaccine, according to figures from NHS England, with three in five having both. Public Health England Covid-19 director Dr Susan Hopkins said on Sunday she hoped everyone over 40 could get vaccinated before the lockdown restrictions were fully eased on July 19.

People over 40 are now being contacted to present their second jab according to the expert update guidelines.

Sir Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, said: “The NHS Covid-19 vaccination program is gaining momentum as the finish line appears.

“It’s fantastic to see so many young people coming out to play their part, to protect themselves, to protect their friends and family – almost nine million people in their 20s and 30s have now received their first dose. “

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “It is great to see the continued enthusiasm of young people for vaccines across the country. “

He added, “It is vital that we build on this momentum for the second doses so that people have the most comprehensive protection possible. “

Mr Hancock urged all who are now eligible to come forward, adding: “Our life-saving vaccines are having a huge impact – protecting against symptoms, serious illness and hospitalizations from this terrible disease. “

All adults can reserve a vaccine at one of the 1,600 vaccination centers, pharmacies or general medicine clinics available through the national reservation service.

Hundreds of people lined up long lines at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Sunday, which opened as a pop-up vaccination center for just one day.

Despite the long queue, the wait was only around half an hour and people walk in and out of vaccination booths in less than 10 seconds, one participant said.

It follows similar ephemeral centers set up the day before at sports venues in London.

Giant jab clinics have been opened at the Olympic Stadium, Stamford Bridge, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Charlton Athletic FC, Selhurst Park and the Crystal Palace Athletics Center for “Super Saturday”.

Professor Kevin Fenton, London regional director at Public Health England, said the capital was entering a “summer sprint” to get as many people vaccinated as possible on so-called Freedom Day on July 19.

Professor Kevin Fenton told LBC on Sunday that attendance in London was lower than elsewhere.

He said the health official knew it would be more difficult to put vaccines on the arms of all Londoners than in other parts of the county due to its diverse population and pockets of poverty and deprivation .

But Professor Fenton said there had been “incredible progress” in recent weeks as medics worked to “build the resilience” of the population in the run-up to Freedom Day.


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