Greater than one million individuals in England will likely be invited to ebook their coronavirus booster jab within the coming week.
NHS England stated it could ship textual content invites from Monday, whereas letters will likely be despatched to those that are eligible later within the week. Some 1.5 million individuals will likely be contacted, the well being service stated.
Anybody aged 50 and over, individuals dwelling and dealing in care properties, and frontline well being and social care staff will likely be eligible. As will anybody aged 16 to 65 who was included in precedence teams one to 9 through the preliminary vaccine rollout and the clinically extraordinarily weak.
Tens of millions extra invites will likely be issued within the weeks forward, NHS England stated.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) stated individuals ought to obtain their booster dose no less than six months after their second jab.
There’s a choice for the Pfizer jab as a 3rd dose, no matter which jab individuals had beforehand obtained, however half doses of the Moderna jab may very well be safely be used in its place, the JCVI stated.
Sajid Javid, the well being secretary, stated boosters will “strengthen the wall of defence” created by the vaccines and urged individuals to ebook “as quickly as potential”.
Almost 90 per cent of over-16s within the UK have obtained no less than one vaccine dose, based on the most recent authorities information.
Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and deputy lead for the Covid vaccination programme, stated 24 million instances and 112,000 lives had been saved by vaccination to date.
Information from the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics reveals there have been solely 59 Covid deaths within the first six months of the 12 months amongst individuals who have been totally vaccinated and who weren’t extraordinarily clinically weak. There have been a complete of 51,281 Covid deaths throughout this era.