Mark Jenkinson MP for Workington constituency has welcomed the news that 126,027 people in the North West have received their COVID-19 booster or third jab as this Conservative Government continues to step up efforts to ensure that vulnerable people are fully protected against COVID-19 over the winter.
Over 10 million people across the UK have now received their booster jab, evidence of the great work the NHS has done to ensure that the most vulnerable are protected this winter.
NHS England will be inviting another three million people who will become eligible for their booster. More than 13 million invites, including texts, letters and emails, have already been sent to eligible people in England so far asking them to book their booster online through the National Booking Service. The additional letters due to land next week will mean around 16 million invites have been sent in England since the NHS booster programme began.
People will still receive their vaccine six months after their second dose, but the change will speed up the vaccination programme by allowing people to receive a jab the day they become eligible, rather than waiting for a convenient appointment.
People will also be able to book by calling 119 and can get vaccinated at hundreds of walk-in sites across the country six months after their second dose without an appointment. Those eligible can use the NHS online walk-in finder to locate the most convenient site.
Commenting, Mark Jenkinson MP said: “It’s great news that over 120,000 people in the North West region have received their booster vaccine which will give them protection this winter. With 10 million booster jabs already given out across England, we are well placed to stay ahead of the virus.
“Our NHS led the country in the drive to get us all vaccinated with our first two doses, and now we must ensure that the progress we have made isn’t lost this winter. I encourage all of my eligible constituents to get their booster vaccine as soon as possible.
“With it being so easy to get a vaccine, either go online to book, or visit one of the walk-in clinics.”