In an interview in today’s Standard, vaccines minister Maggie Throup urges Londoners to get their booster shots as the best way to have something many millions could not enjoy last year — a normal family Christmas.
Vaccines remain a vital tool in our armoury against Covid-19. The last few weeks have seen encouraging developments as the booster programme, which showed signs of flagging , has picked up speed again. Meanwhile, Covid cases are experiencing their longest consecutive daily falls for months.
But looking around Europe, where Germany, Austria and the Netherlands are implementing or considering new restrictions, it should be clear that this is no time for complacency.
That is why it is vital that those eligible sign up for their booster jabs or attend a walk-in centre. And it is never too late for anyone yet to receive their first dose to come forward.
Londoners must keep going, and continue to do their bit to keep our city on the front foot against Covid.
A big thank you
A huge thanks to Standard readers and donors for enabling London’s first 24/7 drop-in centre for homeless women to open today.
The Sanctuary in Marylebone will provide emergency accommodation and longer-term support for vulnerable women. Its opening marked the culmination of the Standard’s Homeless Fund, launched by the Standard’s proprietor Lord Lebedev.
This vital facility would not have been made possible without the generosity of Londoners and sponsors such as Barclays bank.
Thank you to all.