Hundreds of Brits queue from the early hours to get their boosters in biggest vaccine drive in history

Hundreds of Brits queue from the early hours to get their boosters in biggest vaccine drive in history

December 14, 2021

HUNDREDS of Brits have been queuing since the early hours to get a booster jab in the biggest EVER vaccine push.

Queues started snaking around vaccine centres in the dark in a bid to ward off the "tidal wave" of Omicron.

At St Thomas' Hospital in Westminster, hundreds arrived before the centre even opened to get their booster.

Other sites across the country were already flooded with eager Brits by 9am today.

It comes after Brits desperate to save Christmas waited hours yesterday in the rain for a booster.

The NHS booking website also crashed as a stampede caused the page to buckle – but it appears to be up and running again today.

Just 545,000 bookings were made by 8pm last night – despite 4.4million trying to get a jab, NHS England chief executive Amanda Pritchard said.

The scramble also meant it was impossible to book lateral flow tests through the Government website.

A message today confirmed there are still no rapid tests available for home delivery.

Troops have now been drafted in to help man jab stations as the biggest vaccine blitz in British history was launched.

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The Sun's Jabs Army is also calling on 30,000 volunteers to step forward in Britain's hour of need.

Boris Johnson and the Duchess of Cornwall have backed our call to arms as the new variant threatens to ruin Christmas.

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Camilla ­— who is president of our Jabs Army partner, the Royal Voluntary Service ­— told The Sun: “Thanks to the combined efforts of so many, our country was the first in the world to begin vaccinating its people.

“Now we are faced with this new variant, I know that, once again, the wonderful Royal Voluntary Service and the Jabs Army will pull together so that we are all protected through the booster jab.

"You make us proud — and give us hope for brighter days ahead.”

Britain suffered its first Omicron death yesterday as more people end up in hospital with the new strain.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) believes the variant is causing around 200,000 new infections per day.

The fast-spreading mutation is more transmissible and able to get around antibodies unless they have been topped up with a booster.

As a result, Boris has launched an ambitious goal of offering all adults a booster by the New Year.

That means more than 1million would get jabbed over the next two weeks – despite NHS leaders warning the rollout is setting them up for "failure".

Vaccination centres will be open at later hours and even on Christmas Day to stem the wave of Omicron cases.

Deputy PM Dominic Raab admitted there were "teething problems" but vowed to "keep straining every sinew" to make sure Britain will hit the target.

He also confirmed Plan B will be enough to get the country through Christmas and enable Brits to spend the period with "loved ones".

But he did not rule out future restrictions to tackle Omicron that would threaten England's freedom.

Mr Raab told Times Radio: "These issues are always discussed but we have got Plan B, that's what we think is required over the Christmas period.

"I think people can look forward to spending Christmas with loved ones in a way that we couldn't last year."


The blundering deputy PM was also forced to make a massive U-turn after wrongly reporting 250 people were in hospital with Omicron.

He later said the number was actually nine – despite Sajid Javid confirming 10 patients had been hospitalised.

Getting three doses of the Covid vaccine has been proven to be vital in fighting off the mutant virus.

And new data last week revealed boosters offer up to 75 per cent protection from mild infection from Omicron.

Speaking on a visit to a vaccine clinic in West London yesterday, the PM said: "We now want to hit warp speed and we'll have to attain a pace and a number of daily booster doses that will exceed anything that we've done before.

"But I've got no doubt at all that we have the people, we have the enthusiasm, we have the fundamental optimism about what we can do, which we've learned from the experience of the last 18 months.

"And I know that people are going to rise to this."

Mad scramble for booster jabs as walk-in centres hit by huge queues

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