The Health Secretary Sajid Javid has warned that Brits must do their part to “avoid a return to restrictions.”
The NHS are strongly urging people to get vaccinated and get their booster jab, as there are still 4.5m people who have still not had their first jab.
From today those aged 50 and people who are deemed most at risk are able to book appointments to get their booster jab.
Javid is also urging people to get a booster jab as it will help “keep people safe over the winter” which will help to avoid the government introducing restriction over Christmas.
He said, “For those not yet eligible, please help your parents, grandparents or vulnerable loved ones get their jabs – it could save their life.”
“This truly is a national mission,” he added.
“If we all come together and play our part, we can get through this challenging winter, avoid a return to restrictions and enjoy Christmas.”
NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard has warned that they are “running hot” and they are under “real pressure.”
Pritchard said, “There is no doubt that the NHS is running hot and there are some very real pressures on health and social care.”
“We have had 14 times the number of people in hospital with Covid than we saw this time last year.
“We also had a record number of A&E attendance and a record number of 999 calls,” she added.
“As we look into winter, I think we’re very clear this is going to be a difficult winter, and the things we encourage people to do is anything they can do to protect themselves, so that’s the Covid-19 vaccine, it’s the flu vaccination in particular.”