1.6 million people get lifesaving booster
Nearly 1.6 million booster jabs have been delivered over the past seven days. Last week also saw record bookings for boosters using the National Booking Service with nearly 900,000 people booking in their booster jab.
A total of two million invites are being sent out by the NHS this week as more people become eligible as they reach the six-month mark.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Millions of people have already had their booster jab at vaccination sites across the country – including 1.6 million in the last week alone – ensuring they and their loved ones are kept as safe as possible over the coming months.
“The booster programme is maintaining protection for the most vulnerable this winter, and with hundreds of thousands more set to receive letters and texts this week, we’re continuing to bolster our monumental wall of defence around the country."
The NHS is vaccinating in line with guidance set by the JCVI which says that eligible groups can have a booster shot, a minimum of six months on from their second jab for maximum protection.
Anyone eligible for a booster who is 190 days on from their second dose can go online and book through the National Booking Service or call 119 if they need extra support with their booking.
More than nine in ten care homes have now been visited by the NHS or have a booster clinic booked in.