Spring COVID-19 booster programme launched to protect the most vulnerable

A second COVID-19 booster vaccine is being rolled out this week, with those in vulnerable groups able to come forward to receive a fourth jab.

Care home residents, everyone aged 75 and over, and those aged 12 and over who are immunosuppressed will be eligible for the latest COVID-19 vaccine round.

The Spring booster will be made available to around five million people, in the UK, with 600,000 expected to receive invitations this week.

Local NHS teams will also be contacting care homes to arrange the jab for people who are eligible and have been invited.

Wirral’s Director of Public Health, Julie Webster said, “The COVID-19 virus has not gone away. We are seeing increasing case rates are in the borough, with some people becoming very unwell from the virus.

“Thank you to everyone who has taken up their vaccinations, they are our first line of defence against serious illness and hospitalisation.

To stay protected, it is so important that people over the age of 75 and those with compromised immune systems come forward for their Spring booster, as soon as you are invited to do so”

How do I book a Spring Booster?

The NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme will contact people when they are due to be vaccinated.

Once invited, they will be able to book their vaccination appointment online via the NHS website  or by calling NHS 119.

The NHS also continues to offer the vaccine for those who are yet to come forward for one, even if it is your first dose.

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