NHS begins spring booster COVID campaign
Date: 21 March 2022
The NHS Covid vaccination programme starts today, 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 a jab as the biggest and most successful vaccination programme in health service history enters a new phase.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has advised a spring jab should be offered to those most vulnerable to COVID-19 as a precautionary measure.
The NHS will invite people when it is their turn to arrange a jab through the national booking service at various sites across Oxfordshire, including GP-led sites, community pharmacies and the large vaccination centre at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford. It can be accessed online at nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119 free from mobiles and landlines. Lines are open every day from 8am to 8pm, and 119 can provide support in 200 languages.
Recent research from the UK Health Security Agency has shown that the NHS booster programme has helped prevent around 157,000 hospitalisations since mid-December.
Despite this, NHS hospitals have treated more than 100,000 patients with COVID since the start of the Omicron wave.
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.
The NHS has made it easier than ever for immunosuppressed people to get their boosters – they can now show they are eligible by providing either a letter from a GP team or specialist inviting them for a vaccine, a hospital or GP letter about their medication or treatment, or a prescription or medication box with their name and date on it.
It is still important for severely immunosuppressed people who have been advised to have a 3rd primary dose, for example those undergoing cancer treatment, to get this before getting a booster, for maximum protection from COVID-19.
Spring booster campaign
- Date:21 March 2022