Covid-19 booster vaccinations now available for vulnerable people

By Chloe Brewster

17th Apr 2024 | Local News

The boosters will be provided nationally. (Photo: istock)
The boosters will be provided nationally. (Photo: istock)

People most vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19 are being offered a spring booster vaccination to top-up their protection from serious illness this spring and summer.

The National Booking System opened on 15 April with vaccinations available from 22 April 2024. 

All who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination will be offered an appointment between April and June, with those at highest risk being called in first. 

Those who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination this spring include those:

  • Aged 75 or over or turn 75 by 30 June 2024
  • Residents in care homes for older adults
  • Individuals aged between 6 months and over who are immunosuppressed

Eligible groups can book a vaccine appointment via the NHS website or by calling 119 for free, with parents or carers able to book a Covid-19 vaccination for children under 16 on their behalf. 

Eligible people aged 16 and over can also use the NHS App to book an appointment.  

Dr Anna Davey, primary care lead for Mid and South Essex Integrated Care Board said, "We know that COVID-19 only causes a mild illness in most people who catch it, however it can still cause life-threatening severe illness in some vulnerable people.

"If you over 75 or if you have a weakened immune system you will be invited to book your spring booster vaccination. It's important that you take up this offer to maintain your protection against serious illness this spring and summer. 

"These vaccines have been updated to boost protection against more recent strains of the virus."

Those eligible can alternatively arrange a COVID-19 vaccine by:

-         talking to a local NHS service, such as a GP surgery

-         talking to their care home

-         going to a walk in COVID-19 vaccination site

You don't have to wait for an invitation to book.

     

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