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Local NHS urges remaining people eligible for a COVID-19 spring booster to come forward

The NHS in Norfolk and Waveney is urging those eligible for a COVID-19 spring booster but yet to come forward to take up the offer as soon as possible.

The NHS nationally has invited more than five million people in total to get their spring booster in line with JCVI guidance as part of the world-leading NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme. In Norfolk and Waveney, we’re urging those that haven’t come forward to do so as soon as possible, to protect themselves and others around them.

Tricia D’Orsi, Director of Nursing-designate for NHS Norfolk and Waveney said:

“We know that vaccination is the best form of protection against COVID-19 and it’s vital that people understand there is still time to have their spring booster vaccination if they are eligible.

“Our vaccination teams continue to do an amazing job of making sure that all those who are eligible get their vaccine across Norfolk and Waveney.”

Kate Keeling, Head of Immunisation & Health Inequalities, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“We are really pleased that so many people in Norfolk and Waveney have come forward and had their COVID-19 vaccinations.

“For those who have yet to have their COVID-19 vaccination or indeed spring booster, it’s really easy to attend one of the many sites administering vaccinations..

“We cannot recommend enough, the importance of everyone eligible, regardless of their age, having the COVID-19 vaccination to protect themselves, their family, and the wider local community.”

Encouraging everyone eligible to get their Spring Booster vaccine before the end of June will also mean that individuals who are likely to be eligible for an autumn dose will have had their Spring Booster with the right gap between doses to help extend protection over winter, and against any possible rise in infection levels.

The autumn programme will be determined once the JCVI finalise the guidance for the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

People aged 75 and over, older adult care home residents and those who are immunosuppressed have been able to get their spring booster since 21 March.

Spring booster jab appointments can be booked quickly and conveniently on the NHS website  and people that can’t go online can book by phoning 119.

Please note appointments for the Spring Booster must be made on the National Booking Service, they are not available at walk-in centres. Find out more about the Spring Booster programme here.

For the National Booking site visit; NHS national booking service online at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. Alternatively, bookings can be made by calling 119.

It is important to remind people that regular hand washing, wearing a face covering, using sanitiser stations, and avoiding crowded spaces are all basic steps of infection prevention and control that we can all take to help stop the spread of germs and viruses.

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