Round one in six over-80s in England have already obtained an autumn booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine, new figures recommend.
Some 16.2% of these aged 80 and over – practically half 1,000,000 folks – are estimated to have had the jab by September 18, in response to the UK Well being Safety Company (UKHSA).
An identical proportion (16.0%) of 75 to 79-year-olds have additionally obtained the booster, together with round one in 15 (6.6%) of individuals aged 70 to 74.
The booster roll-out started in England on September 5 with doses being given to residents in tons of of care houses.
Since September 7, folks aged 75 and over have been in a position to ebook an appointment for a jab, together with frontline well being and care staff, and folks with a weakened immune system.
This was widened on September 12 to incorporate all these aged 65 and over, plus carers and pregnant ladies.
Bookings might be executed on-line or over the telephone, so long as the individual had their final Covid jab at the very least three months in the past.
An autumn booster will finally be provided to everybody aged 50 and over.
The dose is meant to extend safety in opposition to coronavirus forward of the winter, when an infection ranges are prone to rise.
General, round one in 20 folks aged 50 and over in England (5.7%) are estimated to have already obtained their autumn booster, the UKHSA mentioned.