The spring booster programme draws to a close this month, but it’s not too late for people who are eligible to have their vaccination and clinics will still run over the summer.
People turning 75 on or after 1 July will not be eligible for the spring booster, however anyone who is eligible on 30th of June will still be able to have their vaccination during July.
This means that anyone who is 75 and over, immunosuppressed or a resident of a care home for older people on 30th June will still be able to have their spring booster vaccination. People who are immunosuppressed include those who are undergoing chemotherapy, have leukaemia or have had an organ transplant. Patients in this group are being urged to come forward and can check with their GP or consultant if they are unsure whether they are eligible.
NHS Devon Chief Nurse Darryn Allcorn said: “We want to ensure that the people who are most at risk of Covid-19 are protected over the summer. We know people are more likely to socialise outside at this time of year, but Covid-19 is still in circulation. If you haven’t yet had your spring booster, I would encourage you to book or visit one of our walk-in sessions.”
People who are housebound are being contacted to arrange vaccinations. If people have any concerns or need support they can contact the Devon vaccination team by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 398836.
Meanwhile first second and first booster doses are still available this summer for anyone who has not yet had them. This includes people arriving in Devon from Ukraine, who can attend a walk-in centre. They do not need documentation nor an NHS number to have a vaccination.
Children aged 5 and over are eligible for two doses, which are not being provided in school, but through dedicated vaccination clinics around Devon.
A further booster is planned this autumn, in line with JCVI advice.