NHS England said the practices may also delay taking on new patients, as well as minor surgeries until March 31.
In a letter released on Friday, he told GPs that there was a “new national mission” to speed up the process. COVID recall campaign after the government promised to offer a third jab to all adults by the end of January.
He comes in the middle of the rise of the news Omicron variant, first detected in South Africa, which is considered to be more contagious than the current Delta strain.
There is now 134 Omicron cases in the UK, with the first confirmed case in Wales on Friday evening.
Despite the announcement that everyone over 18 is now eligible for a booster and that the gap between the second and third dose is reduced from six to three months, the national online reservation service has not been put. updated to reflect changes.
In its letter, the NHS promised that the system would be up to date “as soon as possible and no later than December 13”.
Newly eligible groups will be invited to receive their third dose in “descending” age groups of five years, starting with the ages of 30 to 39.
The health service also revealed that the military and “clinic students” would also be called upon to maximize the recall deployment capacity.
Commenting on the decision to operate on a general practitioner, the Patients’ Association told the Guardian that delaying health checks for the elderly risked missing symptoms.
But the Royal College of GPs, hailing the recognition that the system is already stretched, said the “temporary” measures “make sense”.
Dr Farah Jameel, chairman of the British Medical Association’s GP committee, told the BBC they would remove “some of the most bureaucratic and targeted requirements in practice contracts”.