Three in five over 50s in Boston receive autumn Covid-19 booster

Three in five over 50s have gotten the autumn Covid-19 booster in Boston – two years after the first Covid jab was administered to an English NHS patient.

File photo dated 31/07/21 of a person receiving a Covid-19 jab, as Scottish Government ministers have been asked if there are any barriers preventing people from buying a Covid booster shot at their local pharmacy as the virus enters its third winter.
File photo dated 31/07/21 of a person receiving a Covid-19 jab, as Scottish Government ministers have been asked if there are any barriers preventing people from buying a Covid booster shot at their local pharmacy as the virus enters its third winter.

Three in five over 50s have gotten the autumn Covid-19 booster in Boston – two years after the first Covid jab was administered to an English NHS patient.

Thursday, December 8 will mark two years to the day that then 90-year-old Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer jab, kickstarting a word-wide rollout of the historic vaccine.

Since then, about 48,200 people in Boston have been fully vaccinated having received the first and second injection, figures from the UK coronavirus dashboard show.

This means that as of November 30, at least 65.5% of people aged 12 and over in the area have had the first two jabs, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service.

A further 38,100 have received a booster or third dose, with uptake for the third jab standing at 51.8% at the end of November.

Steve Russell, NHS director of vaccinations and screening, said that Covid-19, flu and other respiratory viruses are "still very much with us", and urged eligible people to get their autumn booster to "ensure maximum protection" throughout the festive period.

Further data, which details uptake among people aged 50 and over, shows 19,400 Boston residents had received the autumn booster by November 30.

It means at least 61.7% of over 50s have gotten the additional dose – just below England's overall rate of 61.9%.

Nationally, 42 million people are fully vaccinated (75.2%) while 33.4 million have received a booster or third dose (59.8%).

So far, more than 16 million people have been administered the autumn booster, including 14.4 million over 50s.

Mr Russell added: “It has been two years since the NHS in England delivered the world’s first Covid jab outside of clinical trials, and thanks to NHS staff and volunteers, more than 143 million doses have been administered across the country providing life-saving protection and allowing us to get back to a pre-pandemic way of life."

Health Minister Maria Caulfield said the roll out of the vaccine over the past two years has been a "phenomonal feat".

"The power of the Covid vaccine is undeniable – since the UK was the first country to administer a jab outside of a clinical trial, countless lives have been saved across the world thanks to the incredible work of researchers, scientists, doctors, nurses and volunteers."

However, she added that "we can’t be complacent".

"That’s why it’s crucial that all those eligible, from those at risk and pregnant women to frontline health and social care workers, book their appointments as soon as possible to keep immunity levels high," she said.