NHS invites millions to receive autumn Covid booster jab from Monday

Millions of care home residents, staff and housebound people have been invited to receive their autumn Covid booster jab from Monday.

More than four million people will be able to book themselves a booster jab as the national booking service becomes open to over-75s and the most vulnerable.

Health teams will visit care homes and private homes around the to vaccinate around 1.6million people in the latest phase of the vaccine rollout, NHS Enlgland said.

From Monday, care home residents, staff and people with chronic health conditions will be offered a top-up jab.

By Wednesday, millions more elderly and vulnerable people will have received invitations to book a vaccination.

In the coming weeks, the rollout will expand to include 26million people across England, including the over-50s.

A record 3,100 sites are expected to be part of the drive, including GP practices and community pharmacies.

Care home residents, over-70s and people with chronic health conditions will be among the first to receive their booster jab, followed by millions more in the autumn (Picture: Getty)© Provided by Metro

The new booster shot has been developed to immunise against both the original strain of the virus and the Omicron variant.

The NHS does not expect supply to be an issue and has urged anyone eligible for the jab to book an appointment and receive their dose.

The rollout comes as Covid infections continue to fall in most parts of the UK, with levels in England dropping below 1million for the first time since the start of June, figures show.

However, health chiefs said they expect a resurgence of both Covid and flu in the coming weeks.

NHS director of vaccinations and screening Steve Russell said: ‘The NHS will begin vaccinating those who are most vulnerable to Covid from next week, with the autumn campaign kicking off in care homes from Monday and four million more people will be invited to come forward later in the week.

‘NHS staff are gearing up once again to deliver these vaccines at speed, rolling out jabs at more than 3,000 sites across England in order to provide the maximum protection ahead of winter.’

Health and social care Secretary Steve Barclay said: ‘An autumn booster will top up the immunity of those most vulnerable to Covid ahead of the winter to help us continue to live with this virus without restrictions.

‘Please come forward for your booster and flu vaccine when invited.’

The NHS is issuing a call for volunteers to help with the rollout over the coming winter months.

Steward volunteers help at vaccination sites with non-clinical tasks, including moving patients through the process and identifying people who require additional support.

Shifts are flexible across a variety of centres around England and can be booked with the GoodSAM mobile phone app. Expenses are covered and no qualifications are required.

St John Ambulance is also calling for 4,000 extra volunteer vaccinators to come forward.


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