Booster and third doses will not be added to the domestic COVID Pass as it is not a current requirement for individuals to receive booster doses to qualify as fully vaccinated. It will also not be necessary to show evidence of a booster for travel into England at this time.

Over 13 million booster and third jabs have now been administered in the UK, providing those eligible with maximum protection as we head into winter.

More information:

COVID-19 vaccination programme - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Suspension of the 15-minute wait for vaccination with mRNA vaccine for COVID-19: UK CMOs' opinion

The South West health and care systems are pulling out all the stops to expand the vaccination programme as quickly as possible following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday (12/12) and are urging the public to come forward and book their vaccination once eligible.

 

The number of vaccinations available at existing sites is increasing daily and new sites are being brought on at pace. The message is, ‘booking is best’ to guarantee an appointment and avoid waiting. This is a monumental effort as the NHS continues to deliver the largest vaccination programme in our history. Our vaccine teams continue working hard to vaccinate people as safely and efficiently as possible across the South West and we are asking the public to be patient while we rapidly scale up our delivery plans.

 

How and where to get your booster jab

 

  • The best way to get your vaccination at a time and place that suits you is to book ahead.
  • You can either wait for your GP practice to contact you or book via the national booking service(NBS) to get your booster at a larger centre or pharmacy.
  • Local GP-led vaccine services are offering the vaccine to the most vulnerable, working through people in priority order for all over 18s today with the most vulnerable invited to get their booster first.
  • Vaccination sites are very busy and bookings are prioritised. There are a small number of sites across the region offering walk-in availability and this is being advertised when available. To find a walk-in clinic visit the national Grab a Jab website. Some walk-in clinics may be stood up at late notice and will be advertised on healthcare system’s social media pages. For most people, it will be better to book an appointment to guarantee a vaccination and to avoid having to wait.
  • You can also get your vaccination at many pharmacies with details available on the NBS website.

 

It’s busy – keep trying, be patient and be kind

 

  • We continue to see very high demand for boosters as the number of eligible people increases.
  • We know that some people have had difficulties booking their booster appointments.
  • We’re working extremely hard to increase availability so please be patient.
  • Our centres are very busy so please keep trying as appointments are being added all the time. If a local venue isn’t showing on the system, it may be full – please check again later as appointments are being added all the time.
  • Our staff are working extremely hard to support local communities – please show them the respect and kindness they deserve.

 

How you can help

 

  • There’s still time for people to get a first or second dose of the vaccine. Do encourage those who have not had theirs to come forward.
  • We need more vaccinators – if people have appropriate experience, we offer training, and we’d love to get you on board the largest NHS vaccination programme in history. Find out more and apply today - https://www.england.nhs.uk/south/our-work/join-the-south-west-nhs-covid-19-vaccine-team/
  • We’d like to thank everyone for supporting the continuing roll out – staff, volunteers, and the public. Thank you.
  • The vaccine provides good protection against serious illness, but please continue to do what you can to help reduce transmission of COVID-19.
  • Taking regular rapid tests to check you’re not infectious, particularly before meeting others or attending gatherings
  • Making sure you have plenty of ventilation, by meeting outdoors or keeping doors and windows open
  • Wear a face covering in indoor and crowded spaces
  • Wash your hands regularly

 


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