From next week, vulnerable residents will be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine.
The programme will be rolled out to the same priority groups as previously. This means care home residents, health and social care workers, people aged over 50, those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, adult carers, and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals will be prioritised.
However, there will be flexibility in the programme, allowing all those eligible to receive their booster from 6 months after their second doses. This approach will allow more vulnerable people to be given their boosters quicker.
The move will ensure the protection vaccines provide for those most at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 will be maintained over the winter months.
Cllr Chris Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health, said:
“The vaccine offers the best protection from the virus and with us now moving into the winter period, it’s important that our most vulnerable residents participate in the booster programme.
“I would encourage anyone who is eligible to get their COVID-19 and flu vaccines as soon as they can, so you have the strongest possible protection over the winter months.”
Vaccinations will begin next week and the NHS will contact people directly to let them know when it is their turn to get their booster vaccine.