The Health Secretary has celebrated the latest milestone in the booster Covid vaccine roll-out which has now seen two million people in England receive their third dose.
The Independent has more.
The top-up jabs are being given to people [aged 50 and over, as well as those] with severely weakened immune systems who might not have mounted a strong response to their initial inoculations [and] to health and social care workers.
Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, said she has had hers and encouraged others who were eligible to do the same.
“It’s fantastic to see that just three weeks into the booster campaign, more than 2 million people have been quick to get their top-up in protection ahead of what will be a busy winter period for the NHS,” she said. …
Some 49 million first doses have now been administered in the U.K. – about 73% of the population – along with about 45 million second doses (67%).
The figures mean that England’s rates have slipped from being the highest in Europe to 12th.
Experts say the fall is due to a decision to vaccinate children over the age of 12 taking longer than in many other countries and a refusal to create a vaccination passport system such as that being used in France and Scotland.
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