More than 10 million people have had Covid-19 booster shots, according to new figures, as people have been urged to get their refills to help prevent the restrictions this Christmas.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the step was “unbelievable” as he warned the boosters would be “vital” to keep “you and your loved ones protected through the winter”.
Meanwhile, the UK Health Security Agency’s chief medical adviser has said the number of deaths among the vaccinated population is increasing as immunity wanes.
The Prime Minister tweeted: ‘An incredible 10 million people across the UK have already come forward for their recall.
âWe know that immunity to the vaccine wanes over time, so boosters are essential to protect you and your loved ones during the winter.
âPlease get that vital jab as soon as you are called. “
A total of 10,062,704 people in the UK received an additional hit, according to the government, and 409,663 received it on a Saturday.
But around 30% of those over 80 and 40% of those over 50 in England have yet to receive a booster vaccine, the Department of Health and Welfare said.
People over 50 and most at risk for Covid-19 are eligible for a booster six months after their second jab.
From Monday, the NHS is changing the booking system to allow people to pre-book a reminder appointment five months after their second Covid-19 vaccine, allowing them to get it as soon as they cross the six-month mark.
The latest figures come from the fact that the chief medical adviser of the UK Health Security Agency, Dr Susan Hopkins, said that the elderly and vulnerable who are doubly vaccinated have started to die, as the immunity provided by the vaccine wanes. with time.
She said: âWe are still seeing deaths in mostly the unvaccinated population, but increasingly, due to the effects of immune decline, there are also deaths in the vaccinated group.
“These are particularly the older age groups, so the over 70s in particular, but also those who are clinically vulnerable, extremely vulnerable and who have underlying health problems.”
Urging people to take the jab, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Sunday that if “we all come together and play our part” the country can “avoid a return to restrictions and enjoy Christmas”.
He later said: âWe know that immunity starts to wane after six months, especially for the elderly and the vulnerable, and the booster vaccines will boost their protection to keep people safe during the winter.
âI strongly urge everyone who is eligible for a Covid-19 booster or flu shot to accept the offer as soon as possible. “
The third jab could also become a requirement to avoid travel restrictions, which could further boost participation.
The official guidelines were updated earlier this month to say the government is “reviewing the implications and requirements of recalls for certification of international travel” and “examining whether and how booster vaccinations could be included in the plan. NHS Covid Pass for Travel â.
The government said on Sunday that 62 more people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the UK total to 141,805.
Separate figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that there have been 166,000 registered deaths in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
As of 9 a.m. on Sunday, there had been 30,305 more laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the government said.