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Many people line up to get ‘jingle jabs’ on Christmas in England

People wait in line to receive a ‘Jingle Jab’ Covid vaccination booster injection at the Good Health Pharmacy, north London, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. Thousands of people across England are spending a few minutes of Christmas Day to line up under leaden winter skies to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as the omicron variant fuels a…

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Thousands line up for 'jingle jabs' on Christmas in England
People wait in line to receive a ‘Jingle Jab’ Covid vaccination booster injection at the Good Health Pharmacy, north London, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. Thousands of people across England are spending a few minutes of Christmas Day to line up under leaden winter skies to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as the omicron variant fuels a surge in infections across the country. In north London, the Good Health Pharmacy is one of many vaccination sites that remained open on Saturday to give “jingle shots” as part of a government push for all adults to get booster shots by the end. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA via AP

Thousands of people across England are spending a few minutes of Christmas Day to line up under leaden winter skies 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 was one of many vaccination sites that remained open on Saturday to give “jingle jabs,” as part of a government push for booster shots for all adults by the end.

Pharmacist Fenil Lalji said 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 relatives have clearly had a very difficult time. His children wanted to ensure they could make the most contribution to the fight against the COVID virus. Lalji said that his family was struggling. It was very difficult for his family and we are trying to ensure that no one goes through that .”

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Britain’s booster program has been expanded over the past week. It has reopened sports stadiums and cathedrals to serve as inoculation hubs after research revealed that two doses were not 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 Jayvid on Friday asked people to make the booster part of their Christmas this year, and praised those who have been working during the festive period to deliver shots.

” I would like to express my gratitude to the NHS and volunteers who gave up their time to give life-saving jabs on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and helping everyone Get Boosted Now,” Javid stated in a statement.

The omicron threat was underlined by data released by the Office for National Statistics, which estimated that 1.7 million people in the U.K. had COVID-19 in the week ending Dec. 19, the highest number since comparable figures were first recorded in autumn 2020.

While infection rates are rising, public health officials hope that widespread vaccination will limit the number of people who are hospitalized or ultimately die from COVID-19.


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