At risk residents now eligible for extra booster dose


An extra dose of the Covid-19 vaccine is now available for higher risk individuals in Staffordshire.

People aged over 75, residents in care homes and those with weakened immune systems who received their first booster vaccine around six months ago are now able to receive an extra booster in England.

Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Integrated Care at Staffordshire County Council, Dr Johnny McMahon, encouraged uptake of the Spring booster among those eligible.

“Now that restrictions have been removed, we must learn how to live with Covid-19 by making careful and considered choices that protect ourselves and others, and that includes getting vaccinated. Vaccination remains our best defence against Covid, and the Spring booster will provide extra protection to those individuals who are most vulnerable and whose initial booster jab immunity may be waning.”

Staffordshire’s Covid-19 case rate has increased to 729.6 per 100,000 population.

Remaining Covid-19 restrictions and mandatory self-isolation rules in England were lifted last month, but people are still advised to follow guidance to help reduce the risk of spreading infection to those more vulnerable, such as the elderly and those with health conditions.

Face coverings in busy, enclosed spaces and meeting people outdoors or in well-ventilated areas is still encouraged. People who test positive for Covid-19 or develop the main symptoms are urged to stay at home and avoid contact with others while infectious.

Vaccinations, including the Spring booster, can be booked online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccine or by calling 119.

Full information on updated Covid-19 advice and how to book or order tests can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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