More than 1.5 million Covid vaccine slots available until January 3

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A vaccinator administers a ‘Jingle Jab’ Covid vaccination booster injection (PA Wire)
A vaccinator administers a ‘Jingle Jab’ Covid vaccination booster injection (PA Wire)

More than 1.5million Covid jab appointments are available until January 3, NHS England announced on Monday.

As of the morning of Sunday 26th December, there were 1,551,187 vaccine slots available between December 27 and January 3.

Anyone who is eligible for a first, second or booster jab can book an appointment online over the next week through the national booking service.

People cannot get vaccinated within 28 days of having caught coronavirus.

NHS national medical director Professor Stephen Powis made a plea for people to get boosted in time for new year.

He said: “The evidence is clear that two covid jabs is not enough, and with the Omicron variant, there is no time to delay getting your booster.

“Staff and volunteers up and down the country are working incredibly hard to make sure that anyone who wants to get boosted between now and the new year can do, so start 2022 by protecting yourself, your friends and family and book your jab today.”

It comes after people queued to get their “jingle jabs” on Christmas day.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid urged people to “make the booster a part of your Christmas this year”.

“I would like to thank the tireless and selfless work of the NHS and volunteers for sacrificing time with their loved ones to deliver life saving jabs through Christmas Day and Boxing Day this year, and helping everyone to Get Boosted Now,” Mr Javid said.

“More than 30 million booster jabs have been administered across the UK but we need to go further. We are pulling out all the stops to offer all eligible adults a booster by the end of the year and its so important people play their part and come forward.”

Latest Government figures showed there were 122,186 new Covid infections in the UK on Christmas Eve in another grim milestone.

There was no update on Coronavirus case figures on Christmas day and Boxing day.

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