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Booster Vaccine Programme Ramped Up

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed more than 650,000 texts and 50,000 letters will be going out in the coming days to encourage people to get their booster jab. The move comes as part of a powering up of the booster vaccination programme as New Year approaches.

The correspondence will ask individuals to have a, ”jabby new year” by getting their first, second or third Covid-19 jab.

Asked about reports of people moving across borders from Wales and Scotland into English cities like Newcastle, York, Leeds and Manchester to celebrate the New Year, Mr Johnson told the media: “I think everybody should enjoy New Year but in a cautious and sensible way.

“Take a test, ventilation, think about others – but, above all, get a booster.”

With the omicron variant gathering momentum similar messages were sent out to people in the run up to the Christmas holiday with a seemingly good response.

Mr Johnson added: “I’ve talked to doctors who say the numbers are running up to 90 per cent of people in intensive care who are not boosted.

“If you’re not vaccinated, you’re eight times more likely to get into hospital altogether.

“So, it’s a great thing to do. It’s very, very important. Get boosted for yourself and enjoy (the) New Year sensibly and cautiously.”

Medics have revealed most of the patients in hospitals are not fully vaccinated. Professor Rupert Pearse, an ICU doctor at London’s largest NHS trust, said last week 80 to 90 per cent of intensive care ward patients have not had all their jabs.

The latest Government figures show 51 million people in the UK have had their first dose of the vaccine, and more than 32 million have had their third.

Recently, Newcastle ‘s Director of Public Health Prof Eugene Milne said “while we learn more about” new mutations of Covid-19, it is important for people to follow advice known to limit its spread.

“The reality is new variants could emerge at any time, and while we learn more about them, it is important that people continue to follow all the measures that are proven to be effective at minimising transmission against all strains of the virus.”

Earlier this year The British Medical Association (BMA) launched a social media campaign to encourage more people from minority ethnic backgrounds to get vaccinated.

The campaign lead with the theme ‘Spread the word, not the virus’ asking people to get vaccinated, to look forward to a safer future and enjoy socialising with family and friends again.

The clips featured people such as TV presenter Charlene White, GP Dr Arora and activist Daniel Asaya.

And just last week Abu Shama manager of the Black and Minority Ethnic Network in Sunderland told Asian Standard: “Our advice to the Asian community is to get your booster or vaccination as quickly as possible and follow the latest guidelines to keep everyone safe. We’ve had a vaccination clinic at our centre in the city, and we’ve been busy spreading the word across the community.

“The onset of Omicron is a worry not just because it will affect business, but also because we have a lot of people working in local hospitals who themselves are doing their best to protect the public.

“There’s little doubt after Christmas the advice we give face to face will probably be reduced, so it’s really important for people across the Asian community to get their jabs as soon as possible – it’s very safe and means we can all support each other at this difficult time.”







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