The NHS is starting to offer COVID-19 booster vaccinations to help provide extra protection for those at greatest risk from the virus this winter.
In line with the recommendations of the JCVI, these will be offered to:
- people who live or work in a care home for older adults
- frontline health and social care workers
- people aged 50 or over
- People aged 5 – 49 who are immunosuppressed
- people aged 5 – 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19
- pregnant women
- people aged 16 – 49 who are carers
- people aged 5 – 49 who live with someone who is immunosuppressed
If you are eligible for a booster, we will contact you when it is your turn. Those at greatest risk will be invited first, including care home residents, people aged 75 and over and people who are immunosuppressed. We will also be arranging home vaccinations for people who are housebound due to a medical condition.
Please do not contact the practice for an appointment unless you have received an invitation, we will be in touch when it is your turn.
If you are eligible for a booster, please help to keep yourself and those around you safe by getting vaccinated when you are invited. For more information about the autumn boosters and the COVID vaccination programme you can visit www.westyorkshire.icb.nhs.uk/covidvaccination.
If you have not yet completed your vaccination course, you can still get whichever jab you need – book an appointment using the online National Booking Service or by calling 119. Calls are free of charge and lines are open 8am-8pm Monday – Friday and 8am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Joint COVID and flu
- Getting your flu and COVID vaccines are two of the most important things you can do to keep yourself and others around you safe this winter.
- It is safe to have your COVID-19 booster and your flu vaccination at the same time, but this may not always be possible so please get each jab as soon as you can.
- As well as protecting you and the people around you, vaccination also helps the NHS by reducing the number of people that are likely to get seriously ill from catching the viruses and needing to go to hospital.
- Both COVID and flu spread most quickly during the winter months (when people are socialising indoors)
- People who have had a weakened immune system are at particularly high risk from COVID-19 and can book an appointment from 12 September at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119.
- Pregnant women have a higher chance of developing complications if they get flu or severe illness from Covid, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy. The viruses can be very dangerous for mothers and their unborn babies, so it is important to get protected as quickly as possible.
- The COVID and flu vaccines are safe for women at any stage in their pregnancy and for women who are breastfeeding.
Non-urgent advice: Notice
Please do not contact your GP practice for an appointment unless you have received an invitation, you will be contacted when it is your turn to have your booster.