There remains a gap between the proportion of Londoners who have had first or second doses of a coronavirus vaccine and those who have had booster shots. Could you outline the steps you are taking to encourage all Londoners who are able to take a booster shot do so?
The vaccination rollout across London has been a great success, with more than 18m doses given out across the capital. Over 80% of Londoners aged over 50 have now had their booster dose.
London has a younger, more mobile and diverse population, and I have been working closely with local authorities, UKHSA, OHID, NHS London and community organisations to help reach Londoners, answer their questions and make the vaccine as accessible as possible to them. This has been through events like the recent Eid in the Square celebration, as well as through targeted media campaigns, social media and a wide network of community champions.
Many younger Londoners put off their booster because they contracted the omicron variant over the winter, but I would urge them to get boosted now, if they have not yet been. The NHS is also now inviting those aged 75 or over or immunosuppressed to book their fourth jab, as part of the spring booster campaign.