卫生秘书, 萨吉德·贾维德, called on millions of eligible people to come forward and get booster doses of the coronavirus vaccine, during a press conference on Wednesday.
The coronavirus booster vaccine dose is designed to improve the protection people have received from getting the first two doses of the vaccine, and combat any waning efficiency.
Data from Public Health 英国 (苯丙氨酸) suggests that the protection provided by vaccines against severe illness gradually decreases over time.
The introduction of the third jab started on 20 九月. 在 15 十月, the NHS said 多于 3 百万人 had received it in the first four weeks.
But on 18 十月, Jeremy Hunt, the former health secretary who now chairs the Commons health select committee, told the NHS England chief executive, Amanda Pritchard, that just 200,000 doses a day were being provided, half the 400,000 a day being given in the spring.
Booster vaccine doses are on the NHS for people most at risk from Covid-19, who had a second dose of a vaccine at least six months ago.
A third jab has been offered to everyone over 50, as well as younger people with health conditions that put them at greater risk of getting very ill from Covid.
People should get the booster no earlier than six months after their second jab.
The following people are eligible for a booster jab:
People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
Previously people were told to wait until they were notified by text, letter or by their GP before booking.
But on 21 十月, the health minister Edward Argar said people no longer needed to wait to be invited to get their booster coronavirus vaccine if the right amount of time had passed.
“If you get to the six months plus one week, go on the national booking system and book yourself in,” he told Sky News.
在 19 十月, the government announced that from half-term, 12- to 15-year-olds in England would be able to get vaccinated at national hubs, rather than at school.
Children will also be allowed to go online and book an appointment in the same way as adults. Parents are being asked to wait for letters to arrive around the end of the week, asking for consent before signing up online.
It comes after criticism of the slow pace of the vaccine programme in teenagers: as of 19 十月, 15% 的 12- to 15-year-olds in England had been given one Pfizer jab, 和....相比 47% in Scotland.