Health chiefs have said that Covid deaths are now rising in the elderly population who have had both jabs as immunity wanes after six months.
The Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said that Brits must play their part to “avoid a return to restrictions.”
He said, “We know immunity begins to wane after six months, especially for the elderly and the vulnerable, and booster vaccines will top up their protection to keep people safe over the winter.
“I strongly urge everybody who is eligible for a Covid-19 booster or flu vaccine to take up the offer as soon as you can.
“And if you haven’t yet had your first and second vaccines, it is not too late, the NHS will always be there to welcome you with open arms.”
The chief medical advisor for the UK Health Security Agency, Dr Susan Hopkins, said more people who have been double jabbed are ending up in hospital and dying as the vaccine starts to become less effective after six months.
She said, “We’re still seeing deaths in mainly the unvaccinated population, but increasingly, because of immune waning effects, there are deaths in the vaccinated group as well.
“The people who are dying are the same people who have died all the way through.
“It is particularly the older age groups, so the over-70s in particular, but also those who are clinically vulnerable, extremely vulnerable, and have underlying medical conditions.”