More than a quarter of a million people got a booster jab over the New Year’s Eve weekend

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Covid jabs have still been administered over the festive period  (PA Wire)
Covid jabs have still been administered over the festive period (PA Wire)

More than a quarter of a million people got a booster jab or third dose of a Covid-19 vaccine over the New Year’s Eve, according to NHS England.

Its data shows that some 326,152 vaccinations were administered over the period December 31 to January 2.

This included 260,218 boosters or third doses of a coronavirus vaccine.

Dr Emily Lawson, NHS vaccination lead, said: “Thanks to the continued efforts of NHS staff and volunteers, 326,152 Covid vaccinations – including over a quarter of a million booster or third doses – were reported over New Year’s Eve and the weekend.

“This is no time for complacency and no time to let up, dedicated staff and volunteers continued and are continuing to offer jabs throughout the bank holiday weekend just as they did over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, with enough capacity available for people who come forward.

“Vaccination continues to be our best protection against serious illness, so I encourage anybody who hasn’t yet got their booster or who isn’t vaccinated at all to come forward without delay to get the best protection on offer against coronavirus.”

It comes as the Mayor of London has called on all those who are still unvaccinated to come forward and get a jab, insisting they will not be judged for changing their minds.

Sadiq Khan told Londoners “it’s not too late to change your mind, and you will not be judged,” as he reminded people that there were vaccination hubs across the city to get a jab.

“There are hundreds of places across the city where you can get your first dose at a time that suits you. Get protected. Get vaccinated.”

The Prime Minister has also repeated calls for the public to get booster, saying the vaccine rollout along with Plan B measures are the reason why further restrictions are not necessary.

Speaking from a vaccination centre in Buckingham, Boris Johnson said continuing with booster vaccinations is the “way forward for the country as a whole” and urged people to “build up defences” by getting their booster dose.

He said: “There are still quite a lot of people who have had two jabs, but haven’t had the third. The third jab really does make a big, big difference.”

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