GPs in the Surrey Heartlands CCG have started delivering Covid-19 booster jabs to people in eligible groups in the Surrey area as the biggest and most successful vaccination programme in the history of the NHS moves to on to the next phase.
Following recent guidance set out by the JCVI, the NHS vaccination programme will now invite eligible people, who had their second Covid-19 jab at least six months ago, for a top up vaccination to boost protection against Covid-19. Eligible people include:
- people 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
- carers aged 16 and over
- people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
The vaccination rollout will continue to grow as more vaccination centres and community pharmacy-led sites come online following final checks, helping to provide boosters to more people ahead of winter.
The NHS will be in touch with people when they become eligible for the jab, and it is expected they will deliver around 4.5 million vaccinations over the coming weeks and months.
Eligible people will be contacted by their local GP led site to get the jab or will be invited by the National Booking Service. A six-month gap between 2nd vaccination and the booster means that some of those in the original nine priority groups will not be contacted for their top-up until the New Year.
The booster programme will be delivered through existing vaccination sites including pharmacies, hospital hubs, GP practices and vaccine centres.
Local NHS areas will be prioritising care home residents and staff ensuring they are offered a vaccine by the beginning of November.
Dr. Charlotte Canniff, Clinical Chair of Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“GPs, nurses, pharmacists, volunteers and other primary care staff across Surrey have been preparing to deliver the latest vaccine in our efforts to protect people against coronavirus.
“The coming months will be vital and by managing the roll out of the booster vaccinations to our local community in safe and convenient settings, we are helping to keep vulnerable people safe.
“When you are invited for your booster vaccine, I would urge you to take up the offer. Until then, please be patient and don’t contact your GP practice or any other vaccination site to seek a vaccine.”