NHS delivers more than 850,000 top-up jabs to most at risk
The NHS has administered more than 850,000 vital top-up jabs, as the biggest and most successful vaccination drive in health history continues.
Nationally a total of 863,460 people have already had their top up jab, including boosters and some third doses, since the NHS launched its booster programme.
The NHS has sent a further one million invites to eligible people this week including those who are clinically vulnerable, health and care workers and people aged 50 and over – throughout the week.
Hundreds of thousands of text messages and letters have also been sent to people who had their second jab at least six months ago.
Lancashire and South Cumbria Vaccination Programme Senior Responsible Officer Jane Scattergood said: “The NHS booster programme is already off to a tremendous start, with thousands of people in Lancashire and South Cumbria having received a top-up jab in just a few short weeks.
“Please get your COVID-19 booster as soon as you’re offered it, as well as your flu vaccine, to help keep the virus at bay”.
While decisions on when to get a third jab are for patients and their clinician who knows about their ongoing care and treatment, hospital clinicians and GPs have been vaccinating those who are immunosuppressed with a third dose and have been asked to identify and offer them a vaccine by the end of next week.
Current Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance says that everyone aged 50 and over, as well as clinically vulnerable individuals and frontline health and social care workers, should receive a top up dose.
Those who are eligible must have had their second vaccine at least six months ago and include:
The booster programme is being delivered through existing sites including pharmacies, hospital hubs, GP practices and vaccination centres, and in line with JCVI guidance people will receive either one dose of Pfizer or half a dose of Moderna.
People could also be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
The NHS has been vaccinating 16 and 17-year-olds with a single dose, with hundreds of thousands coming forward through the NHS ‘grab a jab’ campaign.
NHS staff have also started vaccinating young people aged 12 to 15 at schools after the government accepted the UK Chief Medical Officers’ recommendation to extend the vaccine offer to this age group.