The NHS has urged those eligible for a fourth Covid jab to come forward as the number of new cases rises across the country. Millions have already taken the spring booster, which has been available since March 21 for older adult care home residents, people aged 75 and over and those who are immunosuppressed.
The government previously said the fourth jab was being offered as a precaution to those at extremely high risk, most of whom received their first booster in the second half of last year. More than four million people have already had this jab but as infection rates rise, England’s top doctor has issued a plea to those who haven’t had their spring booster yet.
NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Stephen Powis said: “The recent rise in Covid infection levels in England acts as a timely reminder that it is crucial those who are eligible come forward for their spring jab and get themselves protected. Well over four in five people aged 75 and over have come forward for a spring booster so far and I would urge anyone who hasn’t to get their spring jab as soon as possible.”
Health secretary Sajid Javid added: “Over four million people have already come forward for their important booster jab but it is vital for everyone eligible to get boosted now to protect themselves and their loved ones”.