People over the age of 40 are being urged to get a booster jab to help keep their family and friends safe during the Christmas period, amid an increase in the number of cases in Europe.
The National Booking Service will now be open to people aged 40-49 for their booster jab, as well as young people aged 16-17 who still need to get their second plug.
The new council comes ahead of people getting ready to visit loved ones and meddle socially for Christmas festivities that countries in Europe is now beginning to see a worrying increase in cases and imposes additional lockdown restrictions.
Health Minister Sajid Javid said: “Getting your COVID-19 booster vaccine is the best way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this winter and will help reduce the pressure on the NHS.
“While the government continues to monitor a wide range of data to ensure that the country remains protected, we have very sadly seen an increase in cases in parts of Europe.
“The most important thing we can do to stop a similar increase in this country is to get the plug.
“So please take your vaccines as soon as possible so we can keep the virus at bay.”
So far, a total of 14 million people in the UK have already received their booster vaccines, and more than 50 million first doses (88.2%) and 46 million second doses (80.2%) have been dispensed.
Vaccine Minister Maggie Throup added that booster jabs will help protect people’s loved ones during the winter period this year.
She said: “We need to protect the gains we have made through our vaccination program this winter and I urge everyone to help make this happen.
“Please get your boosters when you are eligible, and get your first and second dose, if you have not already done so, to ensure vital protection in the winter to keep you and your loved ones safe.”
To book a booster jab, people can call 119 or visit one of the hundreds of NHS walk-in locations across the country six months after their second dose without an appointment.
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