Parents urged to book jabs for children as official Covid deaths pass 150,000

Parents of 12 to 15 year olds were urged to book Covid-19 vaccinations for their children as official figures showed that more than 150,000 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus.

In January, around half a million vaccination appointments for the age group will be made available online in England, said a senior doctor – with seats in around 500 walk-in locations and 300 centers.

The plea comes as the official Covid death toll hit 150,057, meaning the UK is the seventh country to hit the milestone – after the US, Brazil, India, Russia, Mexico and Peru.

Boris Johnson recognized the “terrible toll” the coronavirus was taking on the country, while a scientist advising the government described it as an “absolute tragedy” which was made worse because “many of them would be preventable if we were in the first and earlier second wave ”.

Dr. Nikki Kanani, general practitioner and assistant director of the NHS vaccine program, said, “I know how much disruption Covid has caused for so many families and the lives and education of young people over the past two years.

“The vaccination protects them, their family and friends, enables them to stay at school and socialize.

“The vaccine is safe and effective – my 13 year old son had his first vaccination when I got my booster at our local pharmacy and it gave us both peace of mind that he is protected, and he recently added his protection a second dose.

“Young people can get their life-saving protection in a walk-in location or wait for the vaccination at school, but the best way to make sure it’s quick and convenient is to book online now.”

More than 1.4 million young people aged 12 to 15 have had their first dose since September.

Health Minister Sajid Javid said, “Keeping children in school is so important to their education, health and wellbeing.

“Vaccines will protect young people from Omicron, help keep schools open, and protect their friends and families.

“Many young people get their first or second dose at school, walk-in customers or parents can book one of half a million vaccination appointments that are available nationwide this month.”

In a tweeted statement, the prime minister said: “Coronavirus has taken a terrible toll on our country and today the number of registered deaths has reached 150,000.

“Each and every one of you is a deep loss to affected families, friends and communities, and my thoughts and condolences go with you.

“Our way out of this pandemic is for everyone to get their booster or their first or second dose if they haven’t already.”

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said the death toll was a “dark milestone for our country”.

Professor Andrew Hayward, a member of the government’s Emergency Scientific Advisory Group (Sage), told BBC Radio 4’s PM program: “It is utterly tragic and to think that it has been repeated so many times is terrible.

“I think we could have done better. I think some of the deaths are even more tragic because many of them would be preventable if we had acted earlier in the first and second waves. “

It also came when Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned Mr Johnson that abolishing universal free lateral flow testing would be a “totally wrong” approach to dealing with the coronavirus.

It has been reported that they could be restricted to high-risk environments – such as nursing homes, hospitals, and schools – and to those with symptoms.

An announcement could come in a matter of weeks and include a downsizing of the NHS test and trace system, the Sunday Times reported.

Ms Sturgeon said the Scottish Government did not go along with the move but if Mr Johnson “really is considering” this it would be “totally wrong”.

“You can hardly imagine that it would be less helpful to live with Covid,” she tweeted.

The report has been challenged by government sources as it is too early to say what will happen to free side streams.

The rapid tests were made available to everyone in England in April, especially those with no symptoms.

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