Ahead of the winter months, Health Minister, Sajid Javid, has confirmed that 1.5 million people in England will receive a text message notifying them to get their booster COVID vaccine.
Booster jab to amp up defence
Boosting immunity against the coronavirus will first become available to those most in need, including frontline workers and the immunocompromised. Javid explains that the most effective way of preventing a surge in cases from happening in the colder months to come is by fortifying defences through a third vaccine:
It is excellent that getting your booster jab has now become even easier thanks to the opening of the National Booking Service to those eligible.Booster doses are an important way of keeping the virus under control for the long term and will protect the most vulnerable through the winter months.
I urge everyone who receives a letter or text to get their jab as soon as possible so we can strengthen the wall of defence across the country that each vaccine brings.
4.5 million most at risk
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has said that booster shots should be taken at least six months after having received the second dose. Booster campaigns have also been sent out in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with 4.5 millions people expected to receive an invitation over the course of the next month. Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and deputy lead for the Covid vaccination programme, said:
The NHS Covid vaccination programme has already prevented 24 million cases and saved more than 112,000 lives. As we head into winter we should not drop our guard, so I would urge everyone to come forward and get a booster vaccination when then they are invited.
Getting a top-up vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from this cruel virus.