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Covid booster jabs in England hit new record of 830,000 in a day

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Hundreds of thousands of people turned out for their jabs yesterday (Picture: PA/Reuters)

Close to a million people rolled up their sleeves and got a Covid jab yesterday, setting a new record as they did so.

NHS England gave 906,656 vaccine doses in total, with the effort dubbed ‘Super Saturday’.

Among those were 830,403 booster jabs or third doses.

It comes after Boris Johnson announced the effort to roll out boosters would be stepped up to try to reduce the impact of new and highly transmissible Omicron variant.

He said he wanted every eligible adult to be offered one by the end of December – meaning a rate of around one million a day is needed.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted this afternoon: ‘A record 906,656 jabs were delivered in England yesterday – including over 830,000 boosters.

‘Fantastic to see so many coming forward to #GetBoostedNow, securing vital protection for themselves and their loved ones.’

People were seen lining up around the block at multiple vaccine sites including at UCL earlier this week, shortly after government advice changed to call for staff to work from home ‘if you can’.

The government said that some elected surgeries and routine appointments would be postponed until the New Year to focus on getting the boosters rolled out.

Dr Emily Lawson, head of the NHS vaccination programme, urged people to keep up the momentum and get their jabs.

She said: ‘With the highest ever number of boosters and vaccines recorded on Super Saturday, and the NHS Covid vaccination programme delivering a string of records already this week, millions more people are getting their protection from the virus.

‘I want to say a huge thank you to NHS staff and volunteers who are working flat out to vaccinate people in the run-up to Christmas, and it’s great to see that their efforts have been matched by the public’s willingness to get protected.

‘From large centres to small community pharmacies, the whole country is pulling together to get everyone jabbed.

‘And with Omicron spreading quickly it’s vital we keep that enthusiasm going – and as long as people continue to come forward, the NHS will be there to get them vaccinated – so the NHS message is clear, book your booster today to guarantee your vital and lifesaving jab.’

Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected]

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Hundreds of thousands of people turned out for their jabs yesterday

Hundreds of thousands of people turned out for their jabs yesterday (Picture: PA/Reuters)

Close to a million people rolled up their sleeves and got a Covid jab yesterday, setting a new record as they did so.

NHS England gave 906,656 vaccine doses in total, with the effort dubbed ‘Super Saturday’.

Among those were 830,403 booster jabs or third doses.

It comes after Boris Johnson announced the effort to roll out boosters would be stepped up to try to reduce the impact of new and highly transmissible Omicron variant.

He said he wanted every eligible adult to be offered one by the end of December – meaning a rate of around one million a day is needed.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted this afternoon: ‘A record 906,656 jabs were delivered in England yesterday – including over 830,000 boosters.

‘Fantastic to see so many coming forward to #GetBoostedNow, securing vital protection for themselves and their loved ones.’

People were seen lining up around the block at multiple vaccine sites including at UCL earlier this week, shortly after government advice changed to call for staff to work from home ‘if you can’.

The government said that some elected surgeries and routine appointments would be postponed until the New Year to focus on getting the boosters rolled out.

Dr Emily Lawson, head of the NHS vaccination programme, urged people to keep up the momentum and get their jabs.

She said: ‘With the highest ever number of boosters and vaccines recorded on Super Saturday, and the NHS Covid vaccination programme delivering a string of records already this week, millions more people are getting their protection from the virus.

‘I want to say a huge thank you to NHS staff and volunteers who are working flat out to vaccinate people in the run-up to Christmas, and it’s great to see that their efforts have been matched by the public’s willingness to get protected.

‘From large centres to small community pharmacies, the whole country is pulling together to get everyone jabbed.

‘And with Omicron spreading quickly it’s vital we keep that enthusiasm going – and as long as people continue to come forward, the NHS will be there to get them vaccinated – so the NHS message is clear, book your booster today to guarantee your vital and lifesaving jab.’

Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected]

For more stories like this, check our news page.

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