Ruth Rankine says people are less motivated to get top-up dose as restrictions have eased

The Covid booster jabs programme in England is being undermined by the public’s complacency about the threat posed by the virus, the Guardian reports, citing a senior NHS leader involved in the rollout.

The number of people getting their top-up shot is too low because the lifting of lockdown restrictions means many people do not see the point, said Ruth Rankine, the director of primary care at the NHS Confederation.

This week the head of the NHS in England was urged to “turbocharge” the booster programme. NHS England has denied the programme is significantly behind schedule and said more than 4m top-up shots had been delivered in the last month alone.

But on Tuesday Jeremy Hunt, the former health secretary who now chairs the Commons health select committee, told the NHS England chief executive, Amanda Pritchard, that just 200,000 doses a day were being provided, half the 400,000 a day seen in the spring.

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