23 March 2022 Update – Spring booster vaccination programme
The NHS Covid vaccination programme has started inviting eligible people to come forward for their life-saving Spring booster jabs. People aged 75 and over and those who are immunosuppressed will be able to book as the biggest and most successful vaccination programme in health service history enters a new phase.
Please do not contact our practice directly as the NHS will invite people to arrange a jab through the national booking service when it is their turn. The NBS can be accessed online at nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119.
Around five million people will be able to get a Spring booster during the campaign and this week, the NHS will be contacting over 600,000 people to invite them to book their jab.
NHS health chiefs are expecting high uptake of spring boosters amongst people aged 75 and over after 4.5 million of them got their top up jab over autumn and winter, and have recruited additional call handlers for the 119 service to help people book their vaccine appointment.
Calls to 119 are free from mobiles and landlines. Lines are open every day from 8am to 8pm, and 119 can provide support in 200 languages.
Local NHS teams will be contacting care homes in their patch as they have done previously to arrange for spring boosters for people who are eligible and have been invited. Hundreds of sites including community pharmacies, vaccination centres and hospital hubs are offering spring boosters to those most vulnerable to coronavirus following the updated guidance from the JCVI who advised on an extra spring dose as a precautionary measure.