COVID-19: Booster jab rollout moves to over-65s, carers and pregnant women | UK news

People aged 65 and over in England can now book their COVID-19 souvenir online or by calling 111.

The NHS is also offering carers and pregnant women appointments as the vaccine rollout continues ahead of the winter months.

People aged 75 and over, the severely immunosuppressed and frontline health and care workers have been able to book a souvenir since last week.

Around 26 million people in England will be eligible for an autumn gift in the coming weeks.

Reservations can be made online or by phone, as long as the person has had their last one COVID-19 piercing at least three months ago.

Dozens of hospital hubs are joining the rollout to administer the vaccine – plus flu shots where possible – to members of the public as well as NHS staff.

Eventually, everyone over the age of 50 will be offered a vaccine.

Two vaccines have been approved that can be used as boosters this fall and winter – one from Moderna and the other from Pfizer.

Both have been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to target both the original and Omicron strains of the virus.

Registered nurse Laura Hastings hands out a Covid souvenir to Agnes Taylor, 93, at Victoria Manor Care in Edinburgh to kick off the winter vaccination programme.  Photo date: Monday, September 5, 2022.
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Registered nurse Laura Hastings delivers a COVID booster in Edinburgh

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Evidence has shown that generally the Omicron variant is much less likely to leave someone in the hospital from previous strains of the virus.

High levels of antibodies, both from natural infection and from vaccines, are thought to be behind the decline in deaths.

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NHS director of vaccinations and screening Steve Russell said: “There is no room for complacency in keeping COVID-19 on the back foot and this autumn reminder will help protect those most at risk.”

People eligible for an autumn/winter reminder include adults aged 50 and over, people aged five to 49 with health conditions that put them at greater risk, pregnant women, care home workers and frontline health and social care workers , caregivers and household contacts of immunocompromised individuals.

COVID rates have been relatively low in recent months, with the The UK’s COVID alert level has been downgraded from three to two last week.

ONE level two alert means that “COVID-19 is generally circulating, but immediate health care pressures and transmission are decreasing or stabilizing.”

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