2MILLION PEOPLE ‘BOOSTED’ AGAINST COVID-19 IN THE SOUTH EAST

Over 2million people living in the South East of England have now had their COVID-19 vaccine top-up, as the NHS COVID-19 vaccination rollout continues to protect the country against the virus.

Since the booster programme launched 10 weeks ago, over 12 million people have come forward for vital extra protection across England. 1/6 of this population reside in the South East.

In total, more than 92 million vaccines, which includes 1st, 2nd and booster/3rd doses, have now been delivered nationally since the NHS in England made history when Margaret Keenan received the first jab outside of a clinical trial in Coventry, in December 2020.

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There are more clinics delivering vaccines now than at any other point in the programme, including pharmacies, GP practices and other convenient community sites – almost every person registered with an English GP practice lives within 10 miles of a fixed vaccination location.

The NHS kicked off the booster programme on 16th September, within just 2 days of updated advice from the JCVI.

Caroline Reid, Regional Director of Commissioning and SRO for the Flu and COVID-19 vaccination programme across the South East, said:

“Hitting the two million mark for boosters across the South East is phenomenal and I would like to thank everyone who has come forward to have their vaccines so far. However, we mustn’t be complacent, and I would encourage those who are eligible for their COVID-19 booster, who are yet to come forward, to book theirs today.

“I would also like to thank NHS colleagues and volunteers for their continued dedication and commitment in ensuring that the programme is running at pace, with over 15 million COVID-19 vaccinations now given in total across the South East.

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“Booster vaccines are by far our best protection against the virus as we head into winter like no other and it is fantastic to see enthusiasm continue to grow as more people become eligible, with millions of lifesaving top-ups delivered across England already.”

Eligible individuals are able to quickly and conveniently book an appointment at www.nhs.uk/book-covid-booster. People that can’t go online can book by phoning 119.

Those who are eligible for a booster at least 6 months on from their second dose include:

  • 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 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers
  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.

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Peter
Peter
1 month ago

Eligible individuals are able to quickly and conveniently book an appointment at http://www.nhs.uk/book-covid-booster. Mainland only, nothing available here.

Timsey
Timsey
Reply to  Peter
1 month ago

It is disgusting that the Island has not be seperated from the mainland for people trying to book their jab.

It is worrying enough for many and a real effort to stand in the cold when you are frail, without the hassel of not even being able to book a place here.

Doctors have never done so little for so long, and I fear we dented our saucepans all for nothing.

With an ever growing population arriving daily, bringing more problems to our shore, life will become ever more intolerable trying to find a doctor or any health treatment in the future.

This IS the good times.

Alver Stone
Alver Stone
Reply to  Timsey
1 month ago

I have to say Timsy I have private treatment, but agree that we are allowing in huge risks to our own people now. One would assume a Labour not a Tory Government were in control, or not, as the case seems to be.

Tony
Tony
Reply to  Peter
1 month ago

I started at 6am Friday, I got one at 8am.

Whitetop
Whitetop
Reply to  Peter
1 month ago

Yes there is, just call or pop into your GP surgery and the receptionist will make a date for you its that easy, speaking from experience

Whitetop
Whitetop
Reply to  Whitetop
1 month ago

Why are people voting this down, its quite simple, just walk into your GP’s surgery and speak to the receptionist and they will book you an appointment as thats what we done last week with no problem.

Nicola Wilson
Nicola Wilson
1 month ago

Have been trying since my invite for a booster over 2 weeks ago. Nothing on island and even centres on mainland have reduced to just 2. No boosters at my GP till next year. No one can help me with advice. What do I do?

Suzie
Suzie
1 month ago

I have been trying to book for weeks with no results. I live in the Bay area and my doctors aren’t doing the vaccines, so if its not available via the national scheme I can’t get it.

DickyDaniels
DickyDaniels
1 month ago

Unable to get a booking, without going to mainland. May well try in Dover, with the added bonus of a new house and limitless money.

 

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