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Booster jabs for over 40s

by Guy Murphy

From today (Monday 22 November) booster jab eligibility will be extended to over 40s and appointments will be available via the National Booking System.

Knowsley residents aged 40+ will only be able to get their booster jab six months after their second dose. However, they will be able to book their appointment from five months (one month in advance of the appointment).

A coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine dose helps improve the protection residents have from their first 2 doses of the vaccine. It gives residents longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

To book their booster vaccine, residents can visit the National Booking System, call 119 or speak to their GP.

Regular drop-in clinics are held across Knowsley and in surrounding areas where you can get vaccinated without an appointment. To find out more, visit www.knowsleynews.co.uk and search vaccination  or call Healthwatch Knowsley on 0151 449 3954 (lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm).

Residents are reminded that they should still continue to take steps to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. This includes:

  • Regularly wash your hands with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Carry a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes (discard of the tissue immediately and then wash your hands).
  • If you are meeting people that you don’t live with, ensure the rooms are well ventilated (this includes at home and at work).
  • Consider others – some people may still prefer to wear a face covering (or for you to wear one if you’re in close contact with someone) or for you to keep your distance, so please respect others wishes.
  • Get tested regularly (twice weekly).

Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health, said: “Getting your booster dose increases your protection from COVID-19. This is especially important as we enter the Christmas period, and we are all likely to interact with more people and find shops and other spaces more crowded.

“The COVID-19 vaccination reduces your chances of getting seriously ill from the virus, as well and the risk of you catching and spreading it.

“I urge all residents to book their appointment when they are eligible and play their role in keeping Knowsley safe.”