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People who had Covid-19 over Christmas are reminded to get boosted now if they haven’t already done so, as the biggest and fastest NHS vaccination programme continues.

In December, more than four million people in England tested positive for Covid and would have been unable to get their vaccine for at least 28 days, in line with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance.

Dr Sarah Raistrick, GP and Chair of Coventry and Warwickshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) said: “If you were one of the millions of people who tested positive in December and were unable to get your booster, it is time to come forward for that vital vaccination 28 days on from catching Covid.

“The evidence is clear, vaccination provides the best protection for you and your loved ones against coronavirus, so I urge anyone yet to come forward for their booster – or their first or second dose – to check where their nearest site is online and get protected now.”

New NHS data shows there are 6.3 million people who are overdue their booster by six weeks or more.

The latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows shortly after getting a booster, you are 85% less likely to end up in hospital than if you are unvaccinated.

People can also book their appointment online through the national booking service or by calling 119.

In line with JCVI guidance, the NHS cannot vaccinate people aged 18 and over within four weeks of a positive Covid-19 test, and 12 to 17-year-olds must wait 12 weeks (84 days) after a positive Covid-19 test.

Those aged 12 to 17 and considered at high risk from COVID-19 must wait four weeks (28 days) from the date of a positive Covid-19 test before getting any dose of the vaccine.

This starts from the date you had symptoms, or the date of the positive test if you did not have any symptoms.

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