Booster jab invites sent out as 1.5m prepare for winter – will you get one?

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People who received their second jab at least six months ago will be eligible for the booster injection to increase their protection. Dr Nikki Kanani, a GP who is the deputy lead for the Covid vaccination programme, urged people not to drop their guard.

She said: “The NHS Covid vaccination programme has already prevented 24 million cases and saved more than 112,000 lives. As we head into winter we should not drop our guard so I would urge everyone to come forward and get a booster vaccination when then they are invited.

“Getting a top-up vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from this cruel virus.”

Eligible people include anyone aged 50 and over, those living and working in care homes for the elderly, and frontline health and social care workers.

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable and anyone aged 16 to 65 in an at-risk group for Covid ‑ those who were included in priority groups one to nine during the initial vaccine rollout ‑ will also be eligible for a jab.

When people receive an invitation they can book an appointment online or by phoning 119.

Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid said: “It is excellent that getting your booster jab has now become even easier thanks to the opening of the National Booking Service to those eligible. 

“Booster doses are an important way of keeping the virus under control for the long term and will protect the most vulnerable through the winter months.

“I urge everyone who receives a letter or text to get their jab as soon as possible so we can strengthen the wall of defence across the country that each vaccine brings.”

More than 77 million vaccinations have been delivered through the NHS Covid vaccination programme. Four in five adults already receiving both doses of protection.

The vaccination effort will “ramp up” in the coming days with more vaccination centres and pharmacy-led clinics coming online.

The NHS says people should receive “either one dose of the Pfizer vaccine or half a dose of the Moderna vaccine”. This means the booster dose may be a different vaccine to the one received with the first two doses.

People may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

The vaccination of people aged 12 to 15 is due to begin “shortly”.

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