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Don’t turn up for a COVID booster jab until you are invited

The NHS in Berkshire West is currently providing COVID booster jabs to people who are eligible at the moment and had their second jab at least six months ago.

This group includes:

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • all adults aged 40 years or over
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, and adult carers
  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals

The NHS across the country and locally is working on plans to deliver the booster jab to include younger age groups as announced by the Government this week but these jabs are not yet available.

A spokesperson for Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Our staff are now working at speed to respond to this new challenge - the biggest change in eligibility since the programme was launched.

“It is important to be aware that the NHS will contact people to take up the offer as soon as they are eligible. People should not contact their GP practice, or other parts of the NHS or turn up at vaccination centres until they are contacted by the NHS about booster appointments.”

“While changes to the booking system are put in place and booster jab services are expanded in the coming days, the NHS will continue to vaccinate people already eligible for top-up jabs.

“The booking service will then open to others in their 40s and older people who would previously have had to wait six months, before moving on to younger age groups. The intention is to ensure everyone eligible for a booster is given the chance to book one by the end of January 2022.”

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