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Care homes in England ready for Covid boosters

The COVID-19 spring booster programme is set to begin in England on Wednesday 12 April. The spring booster vaccine will help to prolong protection already received from initial COVID vaccinations, ahead of any potential wave of COVID-19 over the summer months.

This year’s spring booster will be offered to:

  • Residents in a care home
  • Adults aged 75 years and over
  • Individuals aged 5 years and over who are immunosuppressed 

Dr Joanne McClean, Director of Public Health at the PHA, said: “COVID-19 is more serious in older people and in people with certain underlying health conditions, for these reasons they are being offered a spring booster of COVID-19 vaccine. I would urge everyone who falls into an eligible group to take up the offer of free vaccination when available.”

Community pharmacies will be visiting care homes to vaccinate eligible residents. 

Dr McClean continued: “However, COVID hasn’t gone away, and could potentially result in a real health threat, particularly for vulnerable members of our community. Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases as they teach our immune system how to recognise and fight viruses.

“Therefore PHA is urging everyone who falls into an eligible group to take up the offer of the spring booster as it will reduce the chance of you becoming severely unwell from COVID-19 this spring and summer.”


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