The booster jab is being offered to eligible people who had their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine six months ago, as the protection offered by the first two jabs will now have been reduced.
Steve Fawcett, GP and Medical Director for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “We would urge everyone who is eligible for a COVID booster vaccine to get their jab as soon as they can.
“We know that protection from the vaccine does drop over time, and the booster vaccination will give people at greatest risk important extra protection, which will be particularly important as winter approaches.”
People who are eligible for a booster at least six months after their second dose include:
- those living in residential care homes for older adults
- all adults aged 50 years or over
- frontline health and social care workers
- all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the Green Book), and adult carers
- adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.
- pregnant women as the latest data shows that nearly 1 in 5 of the most critically ill COVID patients were unvaccinated pregnant women.
The NHS launched the booster programme on 16 September, and more than 765,000 booster doses have been given so far in the Midlands. Six million people have already been invited by text, email and letter encouraging them to book online through the National Booking Service.
The NHS will be in touch to notify eligible people when they are due their booster jab at least six months – that’s a minimum of 182 days – after their second vaccination.
Booster vaccine appointments can be booked online quickly and conveniently at www.nhs.uk/book-covid-booster. People unable to go online can book a jab by calling 119.
Booster jabs are also available at some walk-in clinics in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. Up-to-date details and times for all Staffordshire COVID-19 vaccination walk-in clinics can be found at https://www.twbstaffsandstoke.org.uk/coronavirus/how-to-get-a-vaccine-where-and-travelling