Last chance for Covid boosters

PEOPLE aged 75 and over, or who have a weakened immune system, are being urged to come forward to have a Covid booster jab by the end of the month.

The current offer of second Covid-19 vaccinations will end at the same time as spring vaccinations, on June 30.
After that date, the NHS will concentrate on targeting people judged to be at increased risk, usually during seasonal vaccination campaigns.

Those most vulnerable to a Covid infection, including care home residents, are being contacted by the NHS at the moment to arrange a jab.

However, carers and loved ones of those most at risk are not eligible for the booster.

Dr Geeta Iyer, clinical lead for the vaccination programme in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, said: “We are learning to live with Covid but cannot afford to be complacent – we are only able to live with this virus thanks to the excellent vaccination rates locally and across England.
“Covid-19 is still in wide circulation, and over 8,000 people are in hospital with a Covid infection.

“Older people and those with a weakened immune system remain at greatest risk of severe illness and being hospitalised from Covid-19, so if you are entitled to a spring top up vaccination, I strongly encourage you to take up the offer.

“It’s quick and easy to recharge your immunity and will give you the protection you need for the months ahead.”
People who are eligible can book an appointment at their nearest doctor’s surgery when invited, or by calling 119.

You can also attend a walk-in community vaccination clinic: local ones are listed online at the website.