The NHS is encouraging people in Leeds to come forward for their COVID booster before the offer ends on 12 February.
Following the latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation last week, the current booster offer will be ending next month now that the majority of eligible people had topped up their protection. A further booster campaign will be offered again in the autumn to those at higher risk of severe COVID-19 and a spring booster has also been recommended for the most vulnerable, which is likely to include those aged 75 and over and people with weakened immune systems.
This means that Sunday 12 February will be the last chance for anyone who has been invited for a COVID booster to take up their offer.
Almost 700,000 eligible people in West Yorkshire have had the vital top-up jab this winter but it is estimated there are still over 300,000 people who are yet to come forward. So local health chiefs are urging those who have not yet had their jab to get it before the end of the campaign and ensure their protection levels remain as high as possible.
Sam Prince, Senior Responsible Officer for the Vaccination Programme in Leeds, said:
“Thanks to the NHS COVID vaccination programme, people in Leeds have had widespread protection from COVID-19 and its variants – a remarkable achievement.
However, just like the weather, it can be difficult to predict what’s coming in the future, which is why it’s important to get protected now, while you still can. COVID is still circulating and can be very serious for some people so I would encourage anyone who has not yet had their COVID booster to book an appointment in the next couple of weeks and make the most of the offer available.”
Appointments can be booked at www.nhs.uk/covidbooster or by calling 119 or you can find your nearest walk-in clinic at www.nhs.uk/grab-a-jab. The initial booster offer – or third jab for most people – will also be closing at the same time although the NHS will continue to operate a smaller scale vaccine offer from mid-February onwards to ensure those eligible for first and second doses can still get their jabs.
The JCVI will be setting out further guidance on who will be eligible for COVID vaccines in future phases of the programme, including any spring campaign, in due course.