People eligible for a Covid-19 coronavirus booster vaccination are being asked to take up the offer – officials said a third dose of the vaccine has been given to more than two million in England to date.
Booster vaccinations are given at least six months after a second dose.
NHS England announced on Saturday that a total of 2.08 million top-ups had been made three weeks into the booster program.
These include third vaccinations given as boosters and doses given to people with severely compromised immune systems who may not have a strong response to their initial vaccinations.
The Chief Nursing Officer for England said she recently got her booster vaccination “to protect myself and my fellow human beings”.
Ruth May encouraged all entitled to do the same.
She said: “It is fantastic to see that just three weeks after the booster campaign, more than two million people quickly topped up their protection from a busy winter period for the NHS.
“Thanks to the incredible efforts of NHS staff who have vaccinated in mosques, sports fields and community centers, those who are eligible and most at risk from coronavirus have been able to get their vaccinations.
“I got my booster vaccination before winter to protect myself and those around me – I want to encourage others to do the same. It’s fast, effective and offers really important protection against the virus. “
Those eligible for a booster vaccination include those 50 and older, frontline health and social workers, and those between the ages of 16 and 49 with an underlying health condition that puts them at higher risk from the virus.
Before announcing last month’s booster vaccination, officials recommended offering a third dose to people over the age of 12 who were severely immunocompromised at the time of their first or second dose, including those with leukemia, advanced HIV, and recent organ transplants.
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