MORE than 1.5 million booster jabs were administered last weekend (December 18 and 19) by the NHS in England, which was a record for the Covid-19 vaccination programme.
Vaccinators administered 830,403 top-up doses over a 24-hour period on Saturday and a further 726,195 on Sunday. This was aided by the suspension of the 15-minute observation period per patient after vaccination.
Professor Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director, said: "We’ve seen a remarkable response from the country in the past week as people surged forward for boosters, and soaring public enthusiasm has been more than matched by NHS staff and volunteer effort, with over 4.6 million boosters given in the past week.
"A record week has been topped off with a blockbooster weekend but the job is not done and my message to the country is keep up the pace in coming forward and booking your top-up, as it’s the best weapon in the arsenal against omicron".
There are now around 3,000 sites across the country, which includes double the number of hospitals offering jabs to the public – going from 30 to 71 in two weeks.
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