COVID-19 Vaccination

**Covid-19 Vaccination Update**

The NHS vaccination programme will offer every adult the chance to book a covid-19 booster vaccine by the end of the year to protect the nation against the Omicron variant.

As part of the biggest and fastest vaccine programme in health service history, online bookings are available for all those in their 30s and above from today.

The best way to get your vaccine is by booking online at www.nhs.uk or by calling 119 – please do keep checking availability as appointments are loaded onto the system every day. The website and phoneline are understandably very busy and we thank you for your patience when booking.

The National Booking Service will then open up to everyone aged 18 and over from Wednesday this week.

The NHS is prioritising bookings for boosters and is urging people to book a slot to guarantee their vital jab. Some sites offer walk-in appointments where no appointment is needed. Please check here for clinics with walk-in availability and their opening hours www.happyhealthylives.uk/vaccinationdrop-ins

GP teams have been asked to clinically prioritise their services to free up maximal capacity to support the covid-19 vaccination programme, alongside delivering critical appointments such as cancer, urgent and emergency care. This might mean that for some people, routine appointments are postponed as part of the national mission to roll out boosters.

Scientists are very concerned about the spread of Omicron due to the speed with which it spreads and because two doses do not appear to provide much protection but thankfully, a booster dramatically improves this.

That is why the Government has asked the NHS to prioritise boosters over other routine care.

We appreciate your support and understanding – and urge you to come forward for your vaccination as soon as possible.

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Protect yourself and your family

Getting vaccinated means protecting yourself and may also help to protect your family, friends and patients from the virus.

Continue to wash hands, cover face, and make space

The COVID-19 vaccine is our best defence against the virus used alongside effective social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands.

A clinically approved vaccination

The vaccine has been developed and approved following several clinical trials involving thousands of people across the world.

Vaccine eligibility

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) decide the order in which people should be vaccinated. You can find out which groups are currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine here.

How the vaccine is given

The vaccine is given by injection into the arm or shoulder. You will be asked which arm you wish to have it in – we recommend if you are right-handed to have it in your left arm and vice versa. You will need two doses of the vaccine to gain the maximum protection. These doses will be given 12 weeks apart therefore you will need to attend two appointments to receive both doses. If you do not have both doses the vaccine will not be fully effective.

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