Urges Fulham residents to get booster jabs as UK reaches milestone of 11 million
Greg Hands says progress on vaccinations has been truly remarkable
The progress the UK has made with the rollout of the vaccination this year has been truly remarkable.
The latest figures show that more than 11 million people across the UK and over 1 million people in London have received their COVID-19 booster or third jabs, ensuring the vital protection they have secured from their first two doses is maintained over the winter months.
A total of 10,062,704 people have received their booster and third jabs in the UK. 45,836,791 people have had two doses (79.7%) and 50,234,416 people have received one dose (87.4%).
Seven in 10 over 80s and three in five over-50s in England are already vaccinated with top-up jabs.
NHS England is inviting another three million people who have become eligible for their booster jab since last week. More than 13 million invites, including texts, letters and emails, had already been sent to eligible people in England asking them to book their booster online through the National Booking Service. The additional letters landing last week means around 16 million invites have been sent in England since the NHS booster programme began.
The National Booking Service was updated on Monday 8 November to allow those eligible for a booster vaccine - people over 50 and those most at risk of COVID-19 - to pre-book their jab five months after their second dose.
People will still receive their vaccine six months after their second dose, but the change will speed up the vaccination programme by allowing people to receive a jab the day they become eligible, rather than waiting for a convenient appointment.
People will also be able to book by calling 119 and can get vaccinated at hundreds of walk-in sites across the country six months after their second dose without an appointment. Those eligible can use the NHS online walk-in finder to locate the most convenient site.
I would urge anyone who is eligible and hasn’t yet come forward to get a booster jab as soon as possible, by booking online or at one of our local walk-in sites.
I am joining the 11 million this week, getting my booster at a pharmacy at Fulham Broadway.
The community spirit demonstrated by Chelsea and Fulham residents during this period has been exceptional, and we can all do our bit this winter to protect our loved ones and the NHS, and to stay ahead in the race against the virus, by taking up the offer of a vaccine as soon as we are eligible.
The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP
Member of Parliament for Chelsea and Fulham
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November 15, 2021