NHS rollout of second Covid booster shots begins in England | Coronavirus

The NHS in England will begin giving a second booster vaccine to millions of people at higher risk for Covid-19 on Monday to help fight the latest uptick in infections.

People over 75, residents of care homes and people with weakened immune systems – 5 million in total – will be contacted by the NHS and can then make an appointment online or call 119.

The new rollout of booster shots comes after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) advised the government last month that those three risk groups should be supplemented because the immunity of their first booster was waning.

Covid cases are on the rise again, with 90,349 cases recorded on Friday in the UK, according to official figures, more than double the 39,000 seen on March 1. However, the actual number of infections is higher. The Office for National Statistics estimates that one in 20 people in England had Covid in the week to March 12.

The number of people in UK hospitals with Covid had risen to 14,671 last Thursday.