THANKS to the amazing efforts of the British people and our NHS, we had the fastest vaccine rollout in Europe.
Today, we have the fastest booster rollout too.
And be in no doubt, the fantastic volunteers of The Sun’s Jabs Army made an enormous difference in helping the UK achieve this feat.
Now my message is simple: We need you again. We still don’t know exactly what we’re facing with this Omicron variant.
But we do know that our single best defence against Omicron — and every other variety of Covid — is getting vaccinated and getting boosted.
If you’ve had a booster then your immune response will be stronger and you’ll be better protected.
So it’s great news that almost 18million Brits have already had their boosters — and I’m proud to say I’ll be getting mine later this week.
But we have to stay one step ahead of this virus, and that means getting even more jabs into even more arms even more quickly.
So we will offer boosters to everyone aged from 18 to 40. We’re halving the minimum gap between second dose and booster from six months to just three.
🔵 Read our Omicron variant live blog for the latest news
And we’re giving the green light for children over the age of 12 to start getting second doses three months after their first.
The older you are, the more vulnerable you are. So, as with your first jab, we’re working through people by age group. That means you shouldn’t try to book until the NHS says it’s your turn.
But everyone who is eligible will be offered a booster by the end of January, giving millions of people vital extra protection sooner rather than later.
We’re going to throw everything at it, with vaccines available at more than 1,500 community pharmacies, more appointments at existing centres and there will be temporary vaccination centres popping up like Christmas trees.
But all these extra shots won’t deliver themselves. And while our brilliant NHS staff and medical professionals will be concentrating on the sharp end of the vaccination process, the Jabs Army needs thousands of new recruits to make sure the whole process runs smoothly.
So this is both a call to arms and a call to get jabs in arms.
Join the Sun’s Jabs Army today, get your booster and tell your friends and family to do the same.