COVID-19: Top NHS Doctor Calls on Those Without Booster to Come Forward For Third Vaccine
Posted On December 26, 2021
The NHS’s most senior doctor is calling upon those yet to receive their booster COVID-19 vaccination to urgently come forward for their third jab.
NHS national medical director Professor Stephen Powis has said “there is no time to lose” for those still yet to top up their protection as the Omicron variant continues to spread rapidly across the UK.
“The evidence is clear. One or two jabs can help but they do not provide the protection we all need against Omicron,” Prof Powis said.
“So if you are eligible for a COVID vaccination but haven’t had one there is no time to lose – you need to get boosted now.”
More than 32 million boosters and third jabs have been given as of 23 December, with vaccination centres open throughout the festive period – including Christmas Day in England – and more than a million appointments on offer before the new year.
“Staff and volunteers on the NHS COVID vaccination programme are working throughout Christmas and the entire holiday period to make sure people can get the protection they need as conveniently as possible,” said Prof Powis.
“You can go online and pick from thousands of vaccine sites to book an appointment with no need for long queues.
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“It’s the best way to protect yourself, your family and your friends so my message to the stragglers is clear: Don’t delay any longer – come forward and sort your jab now.”
Thousands of people have already been forced to rearrange their top-ups due to rules that do not allow vaccines to be given to those who have had the virus in the last 28 days.
Despite this, more than seven in 10 people aged 18 and over and who are eligible have now received a booster vaccination, according to NHS figures.