DHSC urges vulnerable to get booster jab

November 8, 2021

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid has called for the UK to come together to help vaccinate those most vulnerable to COVID-19 with booster jabs. The National Booking System has been updated today, to allow people to pre-book their booster appointment a month before they are eligible.

People can now pre-book their booster jab appointment five months after their second jab, enabling them get their booster faster and more easily. It will allow eligible people to arrange to have their vaccine from the day they reach the six month milestone, rather than booking once they hit six months.

The Health and Social Care Secretary called on families and friends to support elderly loved ones and those most at risk of the virus to get their vaccines urgently to ensure they are protected over the winter months. The call comes as almost 10 million people in the UK have received their top-up jabs, with seven in 10 over 80s and three in five over-50s in England already boosted.

More than 13 million invites, including texts, letters and emails, have already been sent to eligible people in England so far asking them to book their booster online through the National Booking Service. The additional letters due to land next week will mean around 16 million invites have been sent in England since the NHS booster programme began.

The latest evidence from SAGE shows that protection against symptomatic disease falls from 65%, up to three months after the second dose, to 45% six months after the second dose for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and from 90% to 65% for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Protection against hospitalisation falls from 95% to 75% for Oxford/AstraZeneca and 99% to 90% for Pfizer/BioNTech.

COVID-19 booster vaccines have been delivered or booked in at every older adult care home in England where safe to do so, with almost nine in 10 care homes already visited.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said, 'Our national mission is to roll out boosters ahead of what will be a difficult winter. Today, we’re making it easier and more convenient for people to book their jab, so they can top-up their protection as soon as they become eligible.

'We know immunity will fade over time, especially among older and more vulnerable groups so I urge everyone who is eligible to get online now.'

Visit the UK Government website for more information on booster vaccination.

In other news, Care England has appealed to the Government to involve providers in the Build Back Better plans for health and social care reform.

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