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Covid booster jabs need to be sped up or medical units could become swamped this winter

Added 10-17-21 11:36:02pm EST - “One month into the programme, only half of eligible over-80s have received a third dose, despite being at heightened risk, NHS figures suggest.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Covid booster jabs must speed up to avoid winter hospital overcrowding”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The uptake of Covid booster jabs may be too slow to prevent hospitals from becoming overcrowded this winter, experts have warned as cases soar by 30 per cent. 

One month into the booster programme, only half of eligible over-80s have received a third dose, despite being at heightened risk, NHS figures suggest.  Of the 2.2 million who had a second jab more than six months ago, fewer than 1.2 million have had the booster. 

The number of people aged 65 to 84 admitted to hospital has risen 19 per cent in the past week, with admissions up 8 per cent among people over 85. 

Yesterday the UK reported a 30% weekly increase of coronavirus cases to 45,140 within 28 days of a positive test - the highest total since July - but deaths plummeted by nearly two-thirds from 148 to 57 in the space of a week. 

In Scotland, which still has mask rules, cases per capita are higher despite the tougher restrictions.  

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