The NHS is urging those yet to get a covid booster to book one of the thousands of appointments still available next week before the offer ends.
The NHS vaccination programme will have appointments available at one of the 80 sites open across the region this week, giving everyone the opportunity to book a booster appointment if they have not already.
So far 1,605 people have booked in for their Covid vaccine next week and there are still over 29,000 appointments up for grabs before the programme scales down.
Sunday 12 February is the last day of the autumn booster campaign and will also be the final day that 16 to 49-year-olds who are not considered at risk will be able to get a booster following updated JCVI advice, which recommended the offer ends in line with the current campaign.
The JCVI is recommending moving to a more targeted offer to those considered to be at risk of serious illness – as seen with the autumn campaign – and will set out further advice on future campaigns in due course.
It has already advised that there should be another autumn vaccination campaign later this year, as well as a potential spring campaign for the most vulnerable.
More than 784,000 people across Cheshire and Merseyside have so far come forward for a booster throughout this winter.
The NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme has delivered 144.5 million doses of the vaccine since Maggie Keenan became the first in the world to receive an approved jab.
Jayne Wood, Director of Vaccine and Testing Operations, Cheshire and Merseyside, said, “There is just one week left of the autumn booster campaign, so if you are eligible for a booster but have yet to take up your latest dose, please do so before the end of next week.
“We know that a booster is the best way to maintain protection against serious illness from covid for yourself and your loved ones, so please do make the most of the offer while it is available and give yourself both protection and peace of mind for the year ahead. “Jayne Wood, Director of Vaccine and Testing Operations, Cheshire and Merseyside”
The NHS covid vaccination programme will continue to run a smaller operation after 12 February, allowing those yet to come forward for first, second (or third primary doses if severely immunosuppressed), to book appointments.
The JCVI has advised that over the course of 2023 the primary course offer for healthy 16 to 49-year-olds should be withdrawn in favour of a more targeted approach.
The health service is prepared to stand up future campaigns once JCVI advice is confirmed by the Government on who will be eligible for covid vaccines in future phases of the programme.