Boris Johnson MP has welcomed the news that 25,797 people in Uxbridge and South Ruislip have so far received their Covid booster or third jab, as the Conservative Government and NHS continues to step up efforts to ensure that vulnerable people are protected against COVID-19 over the winter.
Just over a year ago, the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was approved for use in the UK, allowing the life-saving vaccination programme to begin, starting with Margaret Keenan’s vaccination on 8 December.
The latest figures show that more than 115 million vaccine doses have been administered across the UK in almost a year – with nine in ten people aged 12 and over having received at least one dose of the vaccine – almost 51 million people – and eight in ten having received both vaccine doses – over 46 million people.
One in three people have now already received their booster jab – 18.6 million people – more than any other country with the exception of the USA and China.
This week, as a precaution in light of the new Omicron variant, the Government has expanded the booster programme to all adults over 18 and announced that all eligible people will be offered a top-up jab by the end of January.
To speed up the vaccination programme, around 400 military personnel will be drafted in to support deployment, with 1,500 community pharmacy sites, additional hospital hubs, and pop-up sites opening in convenient locations across the country.
Commenting, Boris said: “It is thanks to the incredible effort and success of the Conservative Government’s vaccination programme one year on almost 26,000 people in Uxbridge and South Ruislip have received three Covid vaccine doses, which will offer life-saving protection to them and their loved ones this winter. I encourage all those who have not yet come forward to take up the offer of a vaccine – booster jabs will protect the progress we have made against the virus and ensure that we can all enjoy Christmas safely with our loved ones in the safe knowledge that we have taken the responsible steps to protect them from the virus.”
Booster and third doses as of 2 December 2021