Vaccination booster update
It has been announced this week that the vaccine programme is being extended to offer booster jabs to those aged 40 to 49 and second doses to 16 and 17 year olds.
Government, the NHS and clinicians are urging everyone other than the small number of people affected by specific medical conditions or other treatment to get their jabs as soon as possible as part of the wall of defence we are building against this virus.
- We know that immunity to Covid begins to wane after 6 months and new data shows that boosters give over 90 per cent protection against symptomatic COVID-19 in adults over 50.
- That is why the phenomenal vaccine programme is being extended on the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation – offering a booster jab to 40 – 49 year olds and offering a second vaccine dose to 16 – 17 year olds. The JCVI will keep under review whether the booster programme should be extended all people under 40.
- Everyone eligible should come forward for their first, second and top up jabs to protect themselves and their loves ones - reducing pressure on the NHS and helping us stop the spread of the virus
- If you have any concerns about whether you or a member of your family should have the vaccine, please discuss it with an appropriately qualified medical professional.