The health authorities of the United Kingdom (UK) on Sunday said bookings for Covid-19 booster vaccines for everyone aged 30 and over in England would be open from Monday to check the rapid spread of Omicron variant in the country.
There are nearly 7.5 million people in the 30-39 age group, and 3.5 million of those are eligible for boosters from Monday, the NHS, England, said. It comes as early analysis shows booster jabs being effective against the Omicron variant, the first cases of which have started being hospitalised now.
There is no reported death from the variant in the UK yet, but experts warn that it is set to take over from Delta as the dominant coronavirus variant by the end of this year.
“The Covid-19 booster programme is accelerating rapidly and more than 22 million people in the UK have already received their top-up, securing vital protection ahead of Christmas,” said UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid.
“This is our national mission – the most recent data shows boosters are the essential defence against Omicron and we are doing everything in our power to get jabs into arms as quickly as possible. We are now expanding the offer to over-30s – so please come forward as quickly as possible to get boosted and help our country get ahead in this race with the variant,” he said.
On Saturday, the UK recorded another 54,073 Covid-19 infections, including 633 of the Omicron variant.