25th Jun, 2022

NHS urges those who had Covid in December to get boosted without delay

PEOPLE who had Covid-19 over Christmas are reminded to get boosted now if they haven’t already done so, as the biggest and fastest NHS vaccination programme continues.

In December, more than four million people in England tested positive for Covid and would have been unable to get their vaccine for at least 28 days, in line with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance.

Dr Sarah Raistrick, GP and chair of Coventry and Warwickshire clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “If you were one of the millions of people who tested positive in December and were unable to get your booster, it is time to come forward for that vital vaccination 28 days on from catching Covid.

“The evidence is clear, vaccination provides the best protection for you and your loved ones against coronavirus, so I urge anyone yet to come forward for their booster – or their first or second dose – to check where their nearest site is online and get protected now.”

New NHS data shows there are 6.3 million people who are overdue their booster by six weeks or more.

The latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows shortly after getting a booster, you are 85% less likely to end up in hospital than if you are unvaccinated.

People can also book their appointment online through the national booking service or by calling 119.

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