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Pandemic is not over yet, warns Head of Immunisation

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The latest figures from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reinforce the importance of having the booster jab.

They report that around six months after a second dose, protection against death with the now dominant Omicron variant was around 60 per cent in those aged 50 and over. 

But this increased to around 95 per cent, two weeks after receiving a booster vaccine dose. 

The latest data shows continuing high levels of protection against hospitalisation from the booster. 

Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at UKHSA, said: 

“The evidence is clear – the vaccine helps to protect us all against the effects of COVID-19 and the booster is offering high levels of protection from hospitalisation and death in the most vulnerable members of our society. 

“The pandemic is not over yet and the vaccine is the best way to increase your protection against the serious consequences of this virus – please book your appointment for your first, second or third vaccine without delay.” 

You can book your appointment for first, second, and booster vaccinations online.

Or find your nearest walk-in centre to have the vaccination without an appointment.