People warned ‘Coronavirus is still with us’ as vulnerable offered spring jab

Reduced but still with us - vulnerable people offered Covid-19 jabs in spring <i>(Image: Mid and South Essex NHS)</i>
Reduced but still with us - vulnerable people offered Covid-19 jabs in spring (Image: Mid and South Essex NHS)

COVID-19 infections at last seems to be reducing but doctors, nurses and clinicians are warning it is still a threat and the most vulnerable people remain at risk.

The latest figures show that the number of beds at Mid and South Essex NHS Trust occupied by people who tested positive for Covid-19 decreased by 20 per cent in the last four weeks with 102 beds being occupied 28 days ago.

Over a weekly period there were 21,299 deaths recorded across the East of England including five more coronavirus deaths recorded in Basildon.

NHS Mid and South Essex is confirming a spring vaccination will be offered to those eligible from April 17 2023.

The dose will be offered to adults aged 75 and over, older patients in residential care homes and anyone aged five and over with a weakened immune system.

Dr Anna Davey, GP leader at Mid and South Essex Integrated Care Board says vaccination remains the best protection against contracting Covid-19.

“The spring Covid-19 vaccination programme is aimed at those who are at highest risk of severe illness and need to keep their immunity topped up,” she adds. “It will bridge the gap before the planned autumn programme, ensuring the most vulnerable are well protected throughout the summer.

“Covid-19 is still circulating, and we have recently seen increases in older people being hospitalised, so it’s vital no one should be complacent.

“I encourage everyone who is eligible to take advantage of it once the spring COVID-19 vaccination programme starts.”

Those eligible for the spring booster vaccinations will be contacted (around six months after their previous dose) and are able to book an appointment via their GP where available Otherwise healthy 5-49 year olds who have not come forward for their primary course Covid-19 vaccination will no longer be able to access vaccinations from 30 June 2023.

Residents wanting a primary course are encouraged to book in via the National Booking Service in good time to access it before the offer ends.