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NHS delivers 2.1 million Covid autumn boosters

Posted on September 2022 By Aaliyah Borgia

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The NHS delivers 2.1 million Covid autumn boosters in just over a fortnight, with 1.35 million in the last week alone being vaccinated. Members of the NHS chiefs have encouraged people across the UK to get vaccinated without delay ahead of the potential “twindemic” of Covid-19 as well as the flu this winter.

NHS teams have delivered 2,800 boosters throughout multiple care homes as well as, vaccination centres, GP practises and pharmacies. An estimated 2.1 million people have received their booster with a further 1.7 million that have booked in to undergo their vaccine within the next month.

As a result of the NHS Covid vaccination being the most successful health service in history, the NHS are offering appointments at a record of 3,100 sites this autumn in addition to 200 walk-in sites and 1,690 community pharmacies.

The booster campaign that was launched for autumn is in preparation for winter as the health service continues to struggle with the demand for emergency care services provided to the public such as the number of 111 and 999 NHS staff, the amount of bed capacity and colleagues working closely together to ensure patients can be discharged promptly.

Steve Russell the NHS director of vaccinations and screening said “The NHS Covid-19 booster programme is off to a flying start with over two million people topping up their protection ahead of winter.

“But with experts warning that Covid and flu could combine in a ‘twindemic’ there is no room for complacency.

“We are still seeing hundreds of patients with Covid being admitted to hospital every day and getting an autumn booster could save your life.

“So, I urge anyone eligible who is yet to get their vaccine, to come forward and book a jab online through the NHS website or by calling 119 as soon as possible if you haven’t yet sorted an appointment.”

Following that Dr Caroline Johnson, the Mental Health and Public Health Minister said “This is a very encouraging start to the autumn booster programme, with thanks to the NHS staff for their continued hard work and those who have come forward to get their vaccines.

“We know Covid, and flu will be circulating at the same time this winter, so it is vital all those eligible continue to come forward for both jabs as we ensure to protect our most vulnerable.

“Keeping this progress up is essential – please do not hesitate to come forward when invited.”

It is evident from statistics that pregnant women as well as Health and Social Care workers have a weakened immune system and are at greater risk of contracting the virus, therefore, have been offered the booster along with everyone over the age of 65.

An estimated 80 hospital hubs have also participated in the latest booster drive and want to ensure they are able to deliver this to members of the public where possible.