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Local NHS urges people who still need a COVID spring booster to come forward

There is still the opportunity for those in Herefordshire and Worcestershire who are aged 75 and over and those who are immunosuppressed to get their spring booster if they have not had a booster since 21 March.

The spring booster programme offers a second booster vaccination to eligible groups following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).  This includes residents in care homes, over 75s, and individuals aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system.

The second booster is to help protect those most vulnerable against any increase n coronavirus infections and anyone who has not yet attended for their spring booster can still access their vaccine at one of our vaccination centres.

 

Dr Ian Tait, GP and Clinical Chair of NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG said:

“Covid-19 is on the rise within our communities amongst all ages and sadly, we are seeing increasing numbers of people unwell in hospital with Covid. So it remains vital that those most at risk have their spring booster.

“The spring dose will not only give you and your loved ones protection this summer amid rising infection levels, but will also allow you to get a vaccine this autumn at the right time to maximise your protection over winter. This is particularly important for people who are immunosuppressed.”

The NHS continues to encourage those who have yet to come forward for their first, second or booster dose, to do so at a time and place that is convenient for them. COVID-19 is still active, and the vaccine offers the best protection against becoming seriously unwell, staying out of hospital and passing the virus on to others.

There are still plenty of walk-in options in both counties for people to get their initial booster.

People can find their nearest centre or book an appointment at www.nhs.uk/covid-booster or by calling 119 free of charge (translators are available on request) and more information can be found at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine.

Local walk-in and pop-up venue options can also be found using the links below:

Those who have recently recovered from COVID should still come forward for their vaccination, as having had the virus does not give the same levels of protection. Anyone over 18 who has had COVID will need to wait four weeks before having any dose of the vaccine, or 12 weeks for those aged 12 to 17.

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