The NHS have begun their spring COVID-19 vaccination campaign this week.
This is the next phase of the health services’ COVID-19 vaccination programme to protect the most vulnerable.
Approximately five million people will be eligible for the jab, including the over 75s, those with weakened immune systems and older adult care home residents.
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Those living in care homes are being prioritised and have already begun receiving vaccinations.
NHS director of vaccinations and screening, Steve Russell, urged those eligible to come forward for the jab as soon as possible.
‘There are still around 8,000 people in hospital with COVID-19 according to the latest data, and the NHS has now treated more than one million COVID-19 inpatients since the pandemic began.
‘So if you are over 75 or you have a weakened immune system, please come forward as soon as possible to book a covid vaccine this spring so you can enjoy summer with peace of mind.’
The latest round of vaccines are being offered following advice from the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation.
Dr Mary Ramsay, director of immunisation at the UK health security agency said, ‘COVID-19 is still circulating widely, and older people are still at greatest risk of more severe illness and being hospitalised.
‘Those with weakened immune systems are also vulnerable so it is important everyone who is eligible comes forward for a spring booster to top up their immunity against what is still a serious virus.’
The last spring vaccination appointments will be offered on 30 June with the majority of appointments being delivered in communities by pharmacies and GPs.