Reminder to get boosted and stay safe


People are being reminded to check if they’re eligible for a Covid-19 booster vaccine.

There are three types of the booster vaccine that all give a top-up to the protection provided by the initial vaccine doses.

Anybody aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, who had a 2nd dose at least three months ago are eligible for a booster, as are people with weakened immune systems who had a third primary dose of the vaccine at least three months ago.

A spring booster is also available for people aged 75 and over, people who live in a care home for older people, or people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system.

Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Integrated Care, Dr Johnny McMahon, reminded those eligible that it’s not too late to get boosted:

“Getting fully vaccinated and boosted is still the best way to protect ourselves against Covid-19. You can book an appointment anytime or attend a walk-in offering the booster if you’re eligible, so please take up the offer as soon as possible and encourage friends and family to do the same.”

Johnny also stressed the importance of families taking reasonable precautions to help limit the spread of infection during the Easter holidays:

“We must ensure that we’re making careful and considerate decisions and not putting others at risk. If you or anybody in your family is unwell with Covid symptoms, try to limit your contact with others especially if they are older relatives or those with underlying health conditions.”

People can find more information and book a booster vaccine online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccine or by calling 119.

A number of ‘Grab A Jab’ walk-in clinics across Staffordshire are also offering the booster vaccine and people can find their nearest clinic at www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site.

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