Covid vaccine ‘spring booster’ opens for most vulnerable in south west London

The NHS are expanding the Covid-19 vaccination programme for south west London’s most vulnerable people.

Starting today, the expansion will offer a targeted spring booster for people most at risk of Covid-19 infection, including over-75s, those with a weakened immune system and older adult care home residents

Following latest guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), an additional dose of the Covid-19 vaccination is recommended for a select group of people.

The national booster roll-out has already started in adult care homes but vaccinations begin today for eligible over-75s and people most at risk.

South west London’s Medical Director Dr John Byrne said many people will already have received an invitation through the NHS app, where they can also book their appointment.

Dr Byrne said they can also arrange their vaccination using the NHS National Booking System or by calling 119. Text messages and letters are being sent to those without the app or not actively using it.

The total number of Covid-19 jabs administered in south west London has reached almost 5.4 million since they first started in December 2020.

Covid-19 hospital admissions remain highest among over-75s, with the rate currently standing at 34.9 admissions per 100,000 people for 75-84 year-olds and 74.5 per 100,000 for those aged 85 and above.

Dr Byrne said: “As a society we’re learning to live with Covid but for many it is still a virus that can cause severe illness and hospitalise older people or those with weakened immune systems.

“So it is important everyone who is eligible comes forward for a booster as soon as possible to top up their immunity against what is still a serious virus – the vaccine remains the best possible defence for you and your loved ones.”

After June 30, the NHS offer will become more targeted to those at increased risk, usually during seasonal campaigns.

For more information about the Covid-19 jabs and other vaccinations, visit the NHS South West London website.

(Picture: DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

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