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Hold off booking booster jab until you’re called, young adults told



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illions of young adults have been asked to “hold off” rushing to book their Covid booster jab for a few days as the vaccination network is ramped up.

The gap is also now being reduced to three months.

However, many people who sought to get their booster have struggled as the system is still working on the old rules and was inundated with booking requests.

Speaking on Times Radio, health minister Gillian Keegan appealed to people due to become eligible for their booster under the new rules: “Hold off for a couple of days. GPs will probably be contacting people in the first instance and then we will let you know when the booking system is open to your cohort.

“We will go down in age cohorts.”

NHS staff, retired medics, GPs, pharmacies and an army of volunteers were part of the huge effort to step up the delivery of first and second doses.

So far more than 1.7 million boosters, or third doses for individuals vulnerable to coronavirus, have been administered in London.

Health chiefs are seeking to build up the protection against Covid from the jabs amid the expectation that the Omicron variant will be better at evading the vaccine to some extent.

They also believe it may transmit more quickly than the Delta variant which is the dominant strain in the UK.

Professor Adam Finn, from Bristol University and a member of the JCVI, stressed the coronavirus vaccination programme “is all about speed”.



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