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NHS urges people to get ‘gift of a jab’

NHS England has said there are 200,000 vaccination appointments available on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day and urged anybody due a booster to consider coming forward “to get the gift of a jab”.

Staff and volunteers will continue to deliver jabs in some locations on 25 and 26 December, as the NHS tries to meet Boris Johnson’s target of giving everybody eligible a booster by the end of the year amid a surge in the number of Covid cases.




An NHS Grab a Jab bus seen in Slough, England, as the number of positive Covid-19 cases hit an all time high in the UK this week.

An NHS Grab a Jab bus seen in Slough, England, as the number of positive Covid-19 cases hit an all time high in the UK this week. Photograph: Maureen McLean/REX/Shutterstock

Vaccination centres that were open “over the festive period” included Redbridge town hall in north-east London from 10am to 5.50pm and Grim’s Dyke golf club in Pinner, Middlesex, the NHS said. Walk-in appointments can be obtained in Eastbourne, Dewsbury and Hartlepool.

Dr Emily Lawson, the head of the NHS Covid vaccination programme, praised those willing to work over the Christmas weekend and argued that people should consider getting a booster as a last-minute present to family members.

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