HEALTH bosses are encouraging people to get their booster vaccine as soon as they become eligible as the Covid-19 vaccination roll out continues.
GPs in Tees Valley are urging anyone at greater risk from the virus to make sure they are fully protected ahead of winter.
The booster jab is being offered to everyone over the age of 40, health and social care workers, those with underlying health conditions and all adult household contacts of people at risk from becoming severely ill from Covid-19.
Dr Janet Walker, medical director, NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We want to provide people, that are most likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19 and those who care for them, with the best possible protection this winter.
“We have a few very challenging few months ahead and we need to protect ourselves and the most vulnerable in our communities.
“If you’re eligible it’s never too late to have a first or second Covid vaccination and having a booster and a flu jab too will help reduce the chances of you, or your loved ones, becoming seriously ill and ending up in hospital.”
The booster vaccine is available through a range of services. Primary care teams will vaccinate care home staff and residents, health and social care staff will be directed to book their appointments through employers and members of the public will be invited to get their booster through a GP-led service.
Appointments are also bookable through the national COVID-19 vaccination booking service: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or by calling NHS 119, to get an appointment in a designated local pharmacy, vaccination centre or GP-led service.
People should get their booster no earlier than six months, or 182 days, following their second jab and the NHS advises that you must wait at least four weeks (28 days) after having a positive Covid-19 test before booking a booster.
Booster vaccines can be pre-booked online 5 months, or 152 days, after a second jab.
Several walk-in vaccination clinics are also being made available across Tees Valley, with no appointment required, including:
Every Wednesday & Saturday, STOCKTON, Unit 5, Wellington Square, TS18 1NA, 1pm – 6pm – first & second doses & boosters
Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday, MIDDLESBROUGH, Riverside Stadium, TS3 6RS, 9am – 6pm -first & second doses
Age 12-15’s can also walk-in with a consenting adult ,who has parental responsibility, between 4pm and 6pm weekdays (excluding Wednesdays), and 9am-6pm on a Sunday (closed on Saturdays).
Wednesday 24th November, HARTLEPOOL, Mill House Leisure Centre Car Park, Raby Rd, TS24 8AR, 9am – 4pm
First & second doses & boosters
Friday 26th November, LOFTUS, Loftus Youth & Community Centre, Duncan
Place, Loftus, Saltburn-By-The-Sea, TS13 4PR, 10am – 5pm
First & second doses, boosters & flu jabs for over 65+
Sunday 28th November, MIDDLESBROUGH, Centre Square, TS1 2AZ, 1pm – 6pm
First & second doses Pfizer, Moderna, AZ & boosters
Further information on walk-in clinics in Tees Valley is available at: https://teesvalleyccg.nhs.uk/where-and-when-you-can-you-get-a-walk-in-covid-19-jab-in-tees-valley-3/