The NHS in London delivered a record-breaking week of over 650,000 booster vaccines and third doses last week, pushing the capital toward the milestones of 3 million top-up jabs and 15 million vaccinations overall.
The number of boosters and third doses given were *double the previous week, as NHS staff and volunteers accelerated the booster campaign to protect the city from the new Omicron variant.
As new sites joined the call to arms at the weekend, including Wembley Stadium and Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge, over 200,000 top-up vaccines were delivered on just Saturday and Sunday alone – in a bid to protect Londoners in time for the festive season.
Since last Monday (13th), the day after the announcement of the new national mission to offer all adults a booster by the end of December, NHS staff in London have been working flat out to increase appointments across the country, delivering over three million more boosters since the Prime Minister addressed the nation on Sunday night.
Between Sunday December 12th and Sunday 19th December, 657,684 booster and third doses were reported in London, with first doses also increasing by almost half this Saturday compared to the same time last week, as 6217 more Londoners joined the mission to get protected from Covid-19.
While the NHS has now boosted over 3 million people in the capital, the city’s top doctor and Medical Director for the NHS in London, Dr Vin Diwakar, is still calling for more eligible Londoners to come forward for their vaccine at the many convenient locations across the city.
Dr Diwakar said:
“It is testament to the solidarity of Londoners that 15million vaccines have now been given in the capital, and that we are seeing record breaking numbers getting their booster, in addition to the increasing numbers of people coming forward for their first or second dose.
“The greatest gift Londoners can give this festive period to protect their loved ones against death and serious disease from Omicron, and allow us all to do the things we love, is to get their life-saving jab – and to make this easier than ever we continue to ramp up sites across the capital thanks to NHS staff, local councils, partners and volunteers who have made this possible in such a short space of time.”
To protect the nation from the threat of the Omicron strain, all adults aged 18 and over are now able to snap up their booster slots on the national booking service. New appointment slots are added every day, and if unable to book during busy times keep trying as you will get through.