Ministers are reportedly considering a more direct approach to convince the millions of unjabbed Brits to get the vaccine, as infections continue to soar across the UK
Unvaccinated people could be paid a visit by Covid jab teams hoping to get more people protected from the virus, according to reports.
Government Ministers are set to be considering a plan where door-to-door visits would be made in areas with low uptake of the vaccine, as another way to tackle soaring infection rates.
The tactic would also help encourage people who may want to get jabbed but who don’t have easy access to vaccine centres.
A Cabinet Minister told the Mail on Sunday: “I think anything that encourages the vaccine-hesitant is sensible.
“The mood in the country is hardening against people who refuse to be vaccinated.
“I am all in favour of free choice but there comes a point when you cannot lock up 90 per cent of the country who are vaccinated for the ten per cent who refuse to be.”
While tens of millions of doses of the Covid vaccine have been administered in the UK, there are substantial numbers of people who are completely unvaccinated.
More than a million slots for vaccinations are still available in the run-up to the New Year.
However around 10% of appointments have been missed nationwide while hundreds of thousands of appointments remain unfilled since Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged those eligible to book a third jab.
Hundreds of thousands of people have also been forced to delay their jab after testing positive for Covid-19, as you must wait 28 days between testing positive and receiving a vaccine.
The report comes as it emerged the number of people getting their first jab of the Covid-19 vaccine rose by around 46% in the week up to December 21.
In total, 221,564 first doses were administered in England in the week of December 15-21, a 46% increase from the previous week, and 279,112 second doses were administered, a 39% jump, the Department for Health and Social Care said.
The largest increase was seen among young people, with an 85% increase in first doses for those aged 18 and 24 and a 71% increase in first doses for those aged 25 to 30.
The news comes as a senior NHS doctor warned “stragglers” who were eligible for a booster but had yet not had one that there was “no time to lose”.
“The evidence is clear,” said NHS national medical director Professor Stephen Powis. “One or two jabs can help but they do not provide the protection we all need against Omicron.
“So if you are eligible for a Covid vaccination but haven’t had one there is no time to lose, you need to get boosted now.”
He said that staff and volunteers on the NHS Covid vaccination programme would be working throughout the festive period to “make sure people can get the protection they need as conveniently as possible” and that people could go online to choose from thousands of vaccination sites to book an appointment, “with no need for long queues”.
“It’s the best way to protect yourself, your family and your friends so my message to the stragglers is clear: Don’t delay any longer come forward and sort your jab now,” he said.