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Thousands In England Line Up For COVID19 ‘Jingle Jab’ Vaccinations On Christmas Day

Thousands In England Line Up For COVID19 ‘Jingle Jab’ Vaccinations On Christmas Day

Thousands of people across England are spending a few minutes of their Christmas Day to line up in the cold to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as the Omicron variant fuels a surge in infections across the country.

The Good Health Pharmacy in north London is just one of the dozens of vaccination sites that decided to keep their doors open Saturday to administer “jingle jabs” amid a government push to offer booster shots to all adults by the end of the year.

Close up of a mature man taking a vaccine in his doctors office

 

London Pharmacist Fenil Lalji told the BBC that the shop’s owners decided to stay open because they lost a family member to the pandemic and wanted to do what they could to help others stay safe. “His family has obviously had a really hard time so his children wanted to make sure they could provide the maximum level of contribution to fighting this COVID virus,″ Lalji said. “It was a very hard time for his family, and we’re just trying to make sure no one has to go through that.″

Britain has expanded its booster program over the past two weeks, reopening sports stadiums and cathedrals as inoculation hubs, after research showed that two doses of the vaccine weren’t enough to protect against the highly transmissible omicron variant.

Even as the National Health Service races to vaccinate as many people as possible, the number of confirmed infections soared past 100,000 a day last week for the first time during the pandemic. Health Secretary Sajid Javid on Friday urged people to “make the booster a part of your Christmas this year,” praised those who are working through the festive period to deliver the shots. “I would like to thank the tireless and selfless work of the NHS and volunteers for sacrificing time with their loved ones to deliver life-saving jabs through Christmas Day and Boxing Day this year, and helping everyone to Get Boosted Now,” Javid said in a statement.

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