Millions more Britons will be able to sign up for Covid booster starting TODAY – are you one of them?
Brits can now book their Covid booster shot a month before they are due.
The system has been changed to ensure that anyone with waning Covid protection is re-supplied as soon as possible.
People can now book their booster five months after their second jab, in time for the day they reach the six-month eligibility mark, according to the NHS.
Previously, an appointment could only be scheduled six months in advance, which slowed the process.
Last Thursday, The Sun reported that ministers were planning a move for next week.
The government’s plan to keep Covid hospitalizations and pressure on the NHS down during a “challenging winter” revolves around boosters.
“Covid-19 vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and your family ahead of a challenging winter,” said Health Secretary Sajid Javid, adding that “this change to the booking system will make it as easy as possible for people to book their booster jabs.”
“This will speed up the booster program, allowing the NHS to vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as possible, and, more importantly, allowing more people to maintain protection against Covid-19, as we know immunity fades over time.”
“Please don’t put it off any longer – come get the vaccine to keep the virus at bay.”
According to the latest research, six months after receiving the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, protection against Covid disease drops to 45 percent, down from 65 percent after three months.
According to statistics from Sage, the Government’s scientific advisory group, the Pfizer vaccine’s success rate drops from 90% to 65%.
AstraZeneca’s hospitalization protection drops from 95% to 75%, while Pfizer’s drops from 95% to 90%.
The efficacy is still very good.
However, even a minor change in hospital admissions can have a significant impact.
A reduction in hospitalization protection from 95% to 90%, for example, would result in a doubling of admissions among those who had been vaccinated.
The booster program is intended to boost the UK’s waning immunity and prevent a crippling Christmas lockdown.
According to research, a third dose boosts protection to the high 90s.
“Thank you to the NHS and everyone who has come forward so far to secure vital protection ahead of the winter,” said Vaccines Minister Maggie Throup.
“I urge everyone who is eligible for a flu vaccine or a booster to schedule their appointment as soon as possible to keep yourself and your loved ones safe in the coming months.”
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