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Care home staff and older residents to receive a free Covid jab this winter

Care home residents aged 65 years and older, and staff, are to receive a free NHS COVID-19 vaccine this autumn, the DHSC has confirmed.

Government vaccination advisors, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), advises that the autumn programme should aim to complete vaccinations by early December 2023 ahead of winter, mindful that protection is highest in the first three months following vaccination.

Data from last autumn’s programme showed that those who received a booster were around 53 per cent less likely to be admitted to hospital with COVID-19 in the 2 to 4 weeks following vaccination, compared to those who did not receive a booster.

The JCVI also highlights the benefit in offering vaccination to front-line health and care workers to protect health services from staff absences due to COVID-19 during the winter months.

Last year’s autumn booster programme ended on the 20 February 2023. Data up to 12 March showed that 73.2 per cent of people aged 65 to 70 years in England had been vaccinated and this increased in older cohorts rising to 83.7 per cent (just under 2.5 million) in those aged over 80 years.

NHS England will confirm details on how and when eligible people can access the autumn booster vaccine in due course.

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