The biggest and fastest vaccination programme in NHS history has moved on to its next phase by giving spring booster vaccines.Advertisement
Those who are eligible for spring boosters include care home residents, people who are aged 75 and over, and those who are immunosuppressed aged 12 and over.
In line with advice set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme has been inviting thousands of eligible people in the region to come forward for their fourth dose, around six months after they had their booster jab.
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Carole McCann, senior nurse for the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: “It is great to see that so many people have come forward for their spring booster and I would like to thank everyone who has taken up the offer of a Covid-19 vaccine.
“Despite the take up being incredible in our region, there are still almost 80,000 people who are eligible in Lancashire and South Cumbria who have not yet come forward for their spring booster.
“It remains so important that those who are most vulnerable take up their vaccination offer once they become eligible to have the best protection against the virus. It is also never too late to come forward for your first, second or booster dose.
”Research by UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) estimates since mid-December some 157,000 hospitalisations have been prevented by booster doses.”
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If you have not yet had your spring booster and you are eligible, you can book your appointment in several ways including through the national booking service, by calling 119 or attending a walk-in vaccination site.
Anyone who is unable to use any of these usual options will be able to use the vaccine at home service by calling 0300 790 6856 between 10am and 8pm daily.
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