On ‘Boost Day’, the one year anniversary of the UK becoming the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Alicia Kearns MP is urging everyone in Rutland, Melton, the Vale and Harborough Villages to get their booster jab when called forward.
115 million doses of the vaccine have now been administered across the UK, and over 20 million people have received a booster jab – including 34,477 adults in Rutland and Melton – 40% of the total adult population.
Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland and Melton, said: “40% of us in Rutland and Melton have had our booster jabs – an incredible achievement, and our most important weapon in our battle with COVID-19. Given the new Omicron variant, it’s so important that every adult gets the booster jab when called. “Thanks to everyone who is making our world-beating vaccination effort happen – especially the volunteers who do amazing work to make our clinics run.
“When you get contacted by the NHS to get your booster, please get it as soon as possible. It’s the best way to make you, and your loved ones, safer from the virus – and I’m proud that so many in Rutland and Melton have done so already.”
Figures show 40% of adults in Rutland & Melton have had their booster jabs. Photo: NEMM Stock Image.
In light of the new Omicron variant, the booster programme has been expanded to all adults over 18, and all eligible people will have been offered a top-up jab by the end of January.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid MP said: “I’m incredibly proud of our phenomenal COVID-19 vaccination programme. In under a year we have administered more than 115 million doses across the UK, saving countless lives and giving us a powerful weapon to fight this devastating virus. The battle is not yet over and we are working around the clock to boost the booster programme even further to maximise immunity following the emergence of the Omicron variant."
This effort is supported by around 400 military personnel, including the men and women of 2 Royal Anglian Regiment, based at Kendrew Barracks in Cottesmore.