Boost your immunity against Covid-19

Friday 6th May 2022 6:00 am
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THIS week more than 29,000 people in the South West have become eligible to book their Covid-19 Spring booster appointment to top up their immunity against the virus. 

The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) advised that people aged 75 and over, those who are immunosuppressed and aged 12 and over, and residents in older people’s care homes should be offered another dose of the vaccine 182 days (six months) after their first booster.

 Dr Matthew Dominey, Screening and Immunisation Lead for NHS England and NHS Improvement South West, said: “Across the region more than 50% of the eligible population have already received their Spring booster. “Immunity against the virus wains over time. JCVI recommended that those who are most at risk of serious illness, hospitalisation, or death from Covid-19 should get another dose of the vaccine to increase their protection against the virus.  “Covid-19 has not gone away. People are still testing positive, so I urge anyone eligible for a Spring booster to book an appointment at the earliest opportunity to ensure they have the highest level of protection possible.” 

If you are in the eligible cohort, you can book your Spring booster appointment early so that you can have your top up dose 182 days after your first booster. This can be done by calling 119 or visiting the National Booking System website.  Alternatively, if you are eligible now you can also visit the Grab a Jab website to find a walk in clinic near you.  If you are unsure when you had your first booster dose please check your appointment card, download the NHS app or call NHS 119.

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