Local MP Alan Mak has marked ‘Boost Day’ – the one-year anniversary of the UK becoming the first country in the world to approve Pfizer’s Covid vaccine – by urging people in the Havant Constituency to get their booster jab when they are called forward.
More than 115 million vaccine doses have now been administered across the UK, and over 18 million people – including 29,565 in the Havant Constituency – have now received a Covid-19 booster jab to protect themselves and their loved ones this winter.
By getting their booster jab, people will strengthen the wall of defence against Covid-19 and allow everyone to enjoy Christmas safely with their families and loved ones this year.
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.
Alan Mak said: “It is thanks to the incredible effort and success of the Government’s vaccination programme one year on 29,565 people in Havant have received three Covid vaccine doses, which will offer life-saving protection to them and their loved ones this winter. On Boost Day, 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. One year on our historic vaccination programme is not over and we can all still do out bit this winter and stay ahead in the race against the virus by taking up the offer of a vaccine as soon as we are eligible”.