Covid-19 Vaccination Programme Update March 2022

Whilst domestic restrictions have been eased, the Covid-19 vaccination programme continues to offer first, second, third and Booster doses to as many people as possible.  This is to ensure high levels of immunity are maintained in the community and to ensure people can protect themselves as much as possible from Covid-19.

With vaccination at the very heart of the Government’s strategy ‘Living with Covid-19’, the latest advice is to offer a spring booster dose for those most at risk and to offer vaccination to all those aged 5–11 years.

Spring Booster Dose

The spring booster dose will be offered as a precaution to those at extremely high risk, most of whom received their first booster around 6 months ago.  The booster dose will Pfizer or Moderna.

This will be for adults:

  • Aged 75 years and over
  • Residents in a care home for older adults
  • Individuals aged 12 years and over, who are immunosuppressed

Patients who are resident in a care home and for those housebound aged 75+ years, our partners at Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust (MPFT) will be making contact and delivering these vaccinations.  All other patients, aged 75+ years and those who are immunosuppressed, should book their spring booster dose by ringing 119 or book online via the National Booking Service.

If you are unwell, wait until you have recovered to have your vaccination.  If you have had confirmed Covid-19, you should wait 4 weeks before having the booster.

New Eligible Cohort: 5-11 years

Patients aged 5-11 years with a condition that places them at a higher risk of Covid-19 have already been offered a vaccination.

From 4th April, all 5–11 years will be able to book a covid-19 vaccination.  Children will be offered two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, 12 weeks apart.  Each dose is a third of the dose given to older children and adults.  Appointments can be booked online via the National Booking Service or by ringing 119.

If your child has recently tested positive for covid-19, they should wait 12 weeks before having the vaccine.

The practice will continue to issue updates about any changes to the Covid-19 Vaccination programme, once these have been confirmed.

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