Sajid Javid has called on all those eligible for the booster jab to take up the offer and do their part to avoid the need for a winter lockdown. The Health Secretary added that, as immunity against the virus begins to decrease over time, a third dose is needed to protect the public. Sky News has the story.
Around 30% of people aged over 80 and 40% of over 50s in England are yet to receive a top-up jab of the Covid vaccine, according to the Department of Health.
Three million more people in England are being invited to have a booster shot next week – and Sajid Javid said he “strongly urges” everybody eligible for the jab to take up the offer.
The Health Secretary said: “We know immunity begins to wane after six months, especially for the elderly and the vulnerable, and booster vaccines will top-up their protection to keep people safe over the winter.
“I strongly urge everybody who is eligible for a Covid booster or flu vaccine to take up the offer as soon as you can.
“For those not yet eligible, please help your parents, grandparents or vulnerable loved ones get their jabs, as it could save their life.”
Javid also told anyone who is yet to have their first or second dose of the Covid vaccine, “it is not too late”.
“This truly is a national mission”, he added.