Covid booster vaccine available at walk-in sites in England

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Covid booster vaccine available at walk-in sites in England

Covid-19 booster jabs are being offered at walk-in vaccination sites in a bid to boost uptake ahead of a “challenging” winter.

From Monday, anyone eligible who had their second dose of a coronavirus vaccine at least six months ago can go to a walk-in centre.

Where can I get a Covid booster jab walk-in site in the UK and London?

With hundreds of sites across England, people are being advised to use the NHS online walk-in finder to check where their nearest centre is.

NHS England said almost every person registered with a GP practice lives within 10 miles of a fixed vaccination site.

The walk-in finder website will show who can get jabs at different sites, whether it is offering boosters, vaccines for 12-15 year-olds, or anyone aged 16 and over.

Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and deputy lead for the NHS covid-19 vaccination programme said: “NHS staff are making it as easy as possible for people to get their top-up vaccination, and from today people can now go online, find their nearest site and go and get their booster without delay.

“The booster is not just a nice to have, it is really important protection ahead of what we know will be a challenging winter.

“So if you are eligible, please do check the site finder and go get your jab.”

People entitled to a booster jab are:

  • Those aged 50 and over.

  • People who live and work in care homes.

  • Frontline health and social care workers.

  • People aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19.

  • Those aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from the virus.

  • People aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged those eligible to get boosters when he was asked about possible coronavirus restrictions during his trip to the G20 summit in Rome on Sunday.

“I think rather than thinking new restrictions, the best thing everybody can do is get that booster jab as soon as you’re offered it,” he said.

“It’s a very important message. I think people don’t quite realise that the first two jabs do start to wane.

“How sad, how tragic it would be if people who had other complications, other compromises in their health, got seriously ill because they were overconfident about their level of immunity and didn’t get their booster when they needed it.

“So please, please, please can everybody get their boosters.”

Official figures show 49.9 million people have received one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with 45.6 million having had two.

Some 7.9 million people have had a booster jab, according to figures released on Sunday.

A further 38,009 cases and 74 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were recorded on Sunday.

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