Live Leeds Covid updates as ‘older generation’ urged to get booster jab

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged older people to come forward for Covid booster jabs going into the colder seasons.

He told reporters at Merville Barracks in Colchester yesterday (Thursday) they are going ahead with the booster programme this month.

This comes as the latest figures revealed that 38,154 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in the UK yesterday.

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Government data up to September 1 shows that of the 91,155,368 Covid jabs given in the UK, 48,131,996 were first doses, a rise of 44,088 on the previous day.

Boris Johnson told reporters: “The priorities now are the older generation going into autumn and winter, and we have always said there would be a booster programme in September – in this month – and we are going ahead with that.

“What I would also say is 16 to 17-year-olds are eligible, they have been approved, they are a very important group for potential transmission. I would urge all 16 to 17-year-olds, everybody who knows 16 to 17-year-olds – the numbers are coming up very fast now, it is very encouraging to see more and more 16 to 17-year-olds taking the jab – but we need to go faster with those.”

He added: “There are still some who need that protection and I would just urge everybody who hasn’t yet had a jab to go and get one.”

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