Prime Minister Boris Johnson and senior health officials continue to call on the nation to get vaccinated against Covid amid growing concern over rising infection levels ahead of the winter months.
NHS England National Medical Director Professor Stephen Powis said getting a booster “will protect the freedom and the Christmas we’ve all earned”.
Repeated calls for people to be bitten come as Mr Johnson resists calls from health officials for tighter restrictions despite the growing number of cases.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said this week that new cases could reach 100,000 per day.
But Downing Street insisted that there was still capacity available in the NHS and that Plan B measures – including working from home and compulsory face masks – would only be implemented if they were under “significant pressure”.
Doctors said The independent that the NHS faces ‘its worst winter ever’.
Mr Johnson, who said there were no plans for another lockdown, said: ‘Vaccines are our way through this winter. “
People eligible for recalls include anyone aged 50 and over, people living and working in nursing homes, and frontline health and social service workers.
Mr Javid will tell NHS leaders to allow people over the age of 50 to book a third injection per month five months after their second dose, a month earlier than they currently can, Sunday mail reported.