MP urges constituents to get booster vaccine

Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon & East Thurrock, has urged his constituents to get their booster jab as we head into the winter months.

Mr Metcalfe has welcomed the news that around a million people in the East of England have received their COVID-19 booster or third jab as efforts are stepped up to ensure vulnerable people are fully protected against COVID-19 over the winter.

The latest figures show that more than 10 million people across the UK have received their COVID-19 booster or third jabs, ensuring the vital protection they have secured from their first two doses is maintained over the winter months.

A total of 10,062,704 people have received their booster and third jabs in the UK. 45,836,791 people have had two doses (79.7%) and 50,234,416 people have received one dose (87.4%).

NHS England will be inviting another three million people who will become eligible for their booster next week. 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.

The National Booking Service has been updated to allow those eligible for a booster vaccine – people over 50 and those most at risk of COVID-19 – to pre-book their jab five months after their second dose.

The booking link can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/book-or-manage-a-booster-dose-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine/

Stephen Metcalfe: “It is fantastic news that around a million people in the East of England have received a booster dose or third vaccination, which will offer life-saving protection to them and their loved ones this winter.

I would urge anyone who is eligible and hasn’t yet come forward to get a booster jab as soon as possible, by booking online or at one of our local walk-in sites.

We can all do our bit this winter to protect our loved ones and the NHS, and to stay ahead in the race against the virus, by taking up the offer of a vaccine as soon as we are eligible.”

Mr Metcalfe has also launched a coronavirus information page for constituents on his website www.stephenmetcalfe.org.uk

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