Nearly a million coronavirus jabs were delivered in England yesterday, Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary revealed this fact on his Twitter handle, he also criticised unvaccinated people for refusing to get protected.
He added: ‘Fantastic to see so many coming forward to #GetBoostedNow, securing vital protection for themselves and their loved ones.’
The data for the whole of the UK has not yet been released, but that figure will be significantly higher.
The new figures for England mean that more than 28million people in the UK have now received a booster jab.
However, Britain is still not jabbing enough people each day to hit the Government’s target of giving every adult a booster jab before the end of 2021.
There are still around 26million people aged over 18 who are yet to have a third dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
The figures come as Mr Javid hit out at people who have chosen not to be vaccinated against coronavirus as they ‘take up hospital beds’ that could be used for patients in need.
Mr Javid criticised those who are eligible for a jab but have decided not to take up the offer, saying they are having a ‘damaging impact’ on others.
He said 10 percent of the eligible population – more than five million people – still had not received their jabs, and around nine out of 10 of those needing the most care in the hospital were unvaccinated.
Speaking on Trevor Phillips On Sunday on Sky News, he said: ‘I just cannot emphasise enough the impact that they are having on the rest of society.
‘They must really think about the damage they are doing to society by… they take up hospital beds that could have been used for someone with maybe a heart problem, or maybe someone who is waiting for elective surgery.
‘But instead of protecting themselves and protecting the community, they choose not to get vaccinated.
Figures based on data from the UK’s health agencies for vaccinations delivered up to December 5, showed that of the 57.5 million people in the UK aged 12 and over and therefore eligible for the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, 51.1 million had received one jab (89 percent) while 6.4 million (11 percent) had not.
Across the four UK nations as of that date, Scotland had the lowest proportion of eligible people still unvaccinated (9 percent), followed by Wales (10 percent), England (11 percent), and Northern Ireland (14 percent).
According to Dailymail, some people are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, such as those with severe allergies to all currently available jabs, and can apply for a medical exemption.
Deaths from Covid-19 fell by five percent last week, to 125 from last Saturday’s 132, although they had risen by 21 compared to Friday’s figure.
A further 900 people were admitted to the hospital with Covid, not much higher than the 865 daily average for the past seven days.
There were also 125 Covid-related deaths, just above the 112 daily average for the past week. Overall, there have been seven Omicron-related deaths.