NHS England will launch its COVID-19 booster program on September 5, 2022, as the United Kingdom prepares to become the first healthcare system in the world to offer a next-generation vaccine that targets both the original strain of COVID-19 virus and the Omicron variant.
Over 26 million people will be eligible for another COVID-19 jab in the upcoming months, with health officials hoping a second national booster program will reduce the risk of both COVID-19 and flu cases.
The national director of vaccinations and screening, Steve Russell, said this winter will be the first time they see the real effects of both flu and COVID-19 in complete circulation as they go about life as normal. It is important that the people, who are at high risk to contract severe illness from the COVID-19 viruses come forward for the new and latest vaccine jab.
NHS England is engulfed in one of the worst crisis in decades, especially in emergency and urgent care, with several elderly patients waiting hours for an ambulance, and even longer to be hospitalized.
This booster campaign has been among a package of NHS England measures to prepare for the upcoming winter, including increasing bed capacity, and training NHS staff to tackle any kind of additional pressure.