Get your booster before December 11 and you’ll be ‘highly protected’ at Christmas, NHS says in new plea
Eligible Brits have two weeks to get a Covid booster if they want maximum protection from the virus on Christmas Day.
The NHS has made a case for the approximately 7 million – or three in 10 – eligible people who have yet to receive the crucial third dose.
Real-world UK data shows that protection against getting sick with Covid rises to more than 90 percent two weeks after the injection. Immunity to hospitalization and death is even higher.
It means getting a booster by December 11 will give people “very high protection against Covid by Christmas Day,” officials said.
Boosters are offered to anyone over 40 as long as it has been six months since their second dose. But people can book their appointment after five months.
Figures show that 23 million people had been double vaccinated against Covid by May 25, about six months ago.
Currently, 16 million boosters have been administered, suggesting 7 million (30 percent) are yet to come forward.
The UK is hoping for a relatively normal Christmas this year after rising Covid cases in the last few weeks of 2020 leading to last minute lockdowns.
Covid boosters are now being offered to people over 40 in the latest expansion of the campaign. Pictured: Doctor Abhi Mantgani administers a Covid-19 vaccine booster to Joanne Coombs at the Birkenhead Medical Building in Birkenhead
The new NHS and government plea is backed by 16 charities representing people with health conditions that make them more vulnerable to the virus, and their carers.
The charities represent people who are particularly vulnerable to a possible Covid or flu infection, such as those with heart disease or diabetes, or those with compromised immune systems, such as those undergoing cancer treatment.
These organizations will use their contact networks to reach vulnerable people to get their vaccines and reassure them if they are concerned about getting a shot.
Now EU says Covid boosters should be given to ALL adults
Anyone over 18 in the EU should get a Covid booster shot to fight the continent’s ferocious fourth wave, the bloc’s public health agency advised today.
In a dramatic turnaround, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said that while preference should be given to those over 40, countries with the offer should try to move to younger age groups.
ECDC’s announcement – which comes just two months after it advised against third doses for young adults – comes in response to rising Covid cases and admissions that have forced five countries into some form of draconian lockdown.
Last night, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that an additional 700,000 Europeans could die from Covid this winter if the current wave is not slowed down.
dr. Andrea Ammon, director of ECDC, pointed to data from the UK and Israel showing that people who have had a booster shot have 90 percent more protection against Covid symptoms and even more protection against hospitalization and death.
Europe is currently in the throes of a continuing wave of Covid cases that has prompted countries such as Austria to reintroduce lockdown restrictions, particularly for unvaccinated people.
Nikki Joule, Policy Manager at Diabetes UK, said: ‘It is clear that the pandemic still poses a very real threat, so it is incredibly important that people with diabetes stay healthy and stay out of hospital.
Our advice is simple: if you live with diabetes, you should accept the offer of a COVID-19 booster vaccine upon contact. The vaccines against the coronavirus are safe and save lives.’
Helen Walker, chief executive of Carers UK added: ‘From our contact with carers we know that getting the vaccine not only boosted their immunity but also gave them a sense of relief and reduced stress.’
“As we approach Christmas, we know this can be a busy time, especially if you’re providing unpaid care to a sick or disabled family member or friend.
“We encourage all unpaid carers who have not yet had boosters to step up and get one as soon as possible, to further protect themselves and their loved ones.”
Health Secretary Sajid Javid thanked the charities for their support in supporting the Covid booster and flu shot campaigns.
“With winter approaching, it is so important that those at risk of the virus are protected to protect themselves,” he said.
“The vaccines are safe and effective and help us build a defense wall against COVID-19. Please come forward as soon as possible.’
The Covid booster campaign opened this week to people in their 40s, with bookings made online.
The government is urging eligible Britons to get their shots after a rise in Covid cases and a return of lockdown restrictions in Europe.
It wants as many people as possible to come forward to both protect themselves and ease the potential pressure from winter bugs that the NHS could fall under in the coming months.
Following an increase in cases and a return of lockdown restrictions in Europe, those eligible for a booster have been urged to take up the offer as soon as possible to protect themselves and their families and reduce pressure on the NHS. help reduce.
While the start of the Covid booster campaign in the UK has been slow since its launch in September, it has been gaining ground quickly in recent weeks.
There have been fewer locations offering Covid booster walk-ins and there is less demand for the jabs themselves from the public compared to the original two doses now offered to every UK adult.
Covid cases have continued to rise in the UK, but deaths and hospitalizations are still falling, official data shows.
An additional 43,676 cases were registered yesterday, an increase of 14.1 percent from confirmed positive cases last Wednesday.
And the daily number of Covid deaths fell by a quarter, with 149 more dead today. It is the fifth day in a row that there have been deaths.
Meanwhile, 722 Britons infected with the virus sought NHS care on Saturday, the latest date figures are available for, meaning a week-on-week drop of 7.3 per cent. Registrations have fallen for the eighth day in a row.
Both measurements are two to three weeks behind the trend in cases due to a delay between a person contracting Covid and becoming seriously unwell.
Cases have risen in the UK in the past two weeks after schools went back from recess at the start of the month.
Infections are concentrated among younger age groups, while booster shots reduce the number of cases among those over 60.
The situation on the continent is much more serious with the World Health Organization warning that a further 700,000 Europeans could die from Covid this winter.
WHO officials suggested the continent’s death toll would rise from 1.5 million to 2.2 million by March amid a savage fourth wave.
This figure includes 53 countries in Europe, including EU member states, the UK, Kazakhstan and Russia, among others.
If this prediction is correct, it means that Europe will face a winter only slightly better than last year, despite vaccines now being widely available.
Bodies are already ‘piling up’ in hospital wards in Romania, with Bucharest’s largest morgue now almost three times overcapacity.
The WHO said the new wave of India’s ‘Delta’ variant, vaccine skepticism and relaxed Covid restrictions were behind the bleak forecast.
About 66 percent of people in the European Union are already getting a double shot and many countries are now introducing booster doses.
Increasing cases have also caused several countries to sink back into lockdowns and tighter restrictions to contain the spread of the virus.
As a sign of a growing crisis, the Netherlands has today started moving Covid patients to Germany to ease the pressure on hospitals.
What charities are urging their members to step up and get their shots?
- African Caribbean Leukemia Trust
- Anthony Nolan
- British Heart Foundation
- British Liver Trust
- Cancer Research UK
- Caregivers UK
- Diabetes UK
- Epilepsy action
- Epilepsy Association
- Kidney Care UK
- UK kidney examination
- Parkinson’s UK
- Rethink Mental Illness
- Sickle Cell Community
- Terrence Higgins Trust