COVID-19: Health Secretary Sajid Javid urges people to receive booster shots to help avoid Christmas restrictions

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COVID-19: Health Secretary Sajid Javid urges people to receive booster shots to help avoid Christmas restrictions


The Health Secretary urged the elderly and vulnerable to receive their COVID-19 booster shots “as soon as you can” to avoid restrictions being imposed on Christmas.

Around 30% of people over 80 and 40% of over 50 in England have not yet received a top-up jab from the coronavirus vaccine, according to the Ministry of Health.

Three million more people in England are urged for booster shots next week – and Sajid Javid said he “strongly urges” everyone eligible for the jab to accept the offer.

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Sajid Javid says UK faces ‘tough winter’

The Health Secretary said: “We know that immunity starts to wane after six months, especially for the elderly and vulnerable, and the booster vaccines will boost their protection to keep people safe during the winter.

“I strongly urge all who are eligible for a COVID-19[feminine[feminine a flu shot or booster to take advantage of the offer as soon as you can.

“For those who are not yet eligible, please help your vulnerable parents, grandparents or loved ones get their vaccines – it could save their lives. “

Mr Javid also told anyone who has not yet received their first or second dose of the COVID vaccine, “it is not too late”.

“It really is a national mission,” he added.

“If we all come together and play our part, we can get through this difficult winter, avoid a return to restrictions and enjoy Christmas. “

Almost 10 million people in the UK have received their COVID vaccine supplement injections, which Mr Javid called a ‘phenomenal achievement in less than two months’.

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Nearly 10 million people in the UK have received their COVID vaccine supplement injections

Boosters are currently available for people over 50 and those considered most at risk of COVID-19.

Currently, people in England have to wait up to six months after their second dose before they can book their booster shot.

But from Monday, they can make their appointment after five months, although they will not actually be able to receive the booster until after six months.

Mr Javid’s post comes after one of Britain’s top scientists warned that the COVID crisis is ‘far from over’ and that the situation in the UK is ‘worrying’.

Comments from Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, came after Sky News revealed he had quit the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).

Sir Jeremy called for a ‘vaccine plus’ strategy to curb the high levels of transmission seen in the UK,

His plan calls for more mask wear, ventilation and continued coronavirus testing to get the nation through what some experts predict will be a tough winter.

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The government has so far refused to go this route and has yet to adopt a COVID B plan – tougher measures designed to curb the spread of the virus and protect the NHS.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been “clear” that the data does not currently support the need for Plan B, a government spokesperson said.

On Saturday, the UK recorded a new 155 daily COVID-related deaths and 30,693 additional infections in the last 24-hour period, according to government figures.

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