Spring Covid booster roll-out starts today with five million eligible
Millions of people are eligible for the spring Covid booster from today, with vaccination appointments available to book through the NHS. Those aged 75 and above and anyone over five who has a weakened immune system can book at one of 3,000 sites in England.
A care home programme of vaccinations began two weeks ago.
More than 725,000 vaccination boosters remain available for this week, with 320,000 appointments already booked through the NHS Covid vaccination programme.
The NHS has issued 1.25 million invitations through its app where appointments can be made directly.
Steve Russell, right, NHS director of vaccinations and screening, said: “The Covid vaccine still has a crucial role to play in protecting those at greatest risk of severe illness from the virus, including those with a weakened immune system as well as all aged 75 and above.
“It is great to see that around 320,000 people have booked in to get a jab, with hundreds of thousands of further slots available across the country this week alone.
“The NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme has delivered almost 145 million vaccine doses since December 2020 and staff will not stop in their efforts to give people extra protection.
“I would urge anyone eligible for this extra protection to get their spring Covid vaccination at the earliest opportunity and give yourself peace of mind this summer.”
Covid hospital admissions remain highest among over-75s, with the rate currently standing at 34 admissions per 100,000 people for 75 to 84-year-olds and at 74 per 100,000 for those aged 85 and above.
Rates have fallen in recent weeks but are still well above those for other age groups.
The last spring jab appointments will be offered on June 30, with more seasonal campaigns likely in the future.