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Health leaders urge people to book COVID-19 booster vaccine as soon as they are invited

Date: 06/10/2021 | Category: CCG News

People who have been invited by the national booking service (NBS) to book their COVID-19 booster vaccination, via an email or text, are being urged to come forward and take up the opportunity as soon as possible.

The vaccination booster programme is currently underway across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK).

The NHS in BLMK is urging people who have received an invite for a booster via an email or text from the NBS to book their appointment as soon as possible

If you haven’t yet received an invite but are eligible and had your second dose over six months ago, you can go onto the National Booking System   http://www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination and self-declare. Please make sure you had your second dose six months ago, otherwise your vaccination cannot take place and you will be turned away when you arrive for your appointment.

Dr Sarah Whiteman, Chair of NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “There’s lots of vaccine availability at national booking service sites across BLMK, so if you have received an invite for a booster by email or text, please book your appointment as soon as possible.”

“The winter months and colder weather bring an increase in respiratory viruses in the community. The booster programme will help keep people out of hospital with serious COVID-19 related illness during what is always a busier season for the NHS. Coronavirus is still circulating and infection rates remain relatively high.”

“Please take the opportunity now to get your booster booked in if you are eligible.”

Dr Whiteman added: “We appreciate that not everyone will have computer access, but there are ways in which you can be supported to do this with the help and support of family members, by popping into a local library who will be able to support you to access a computer and book your vaccination direct.

“You can also call 119 and they will be able to book your booster vaccine for you.”

The following groups are the first eligible cohorts for a booster vaccine:

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • frontline health and social care workers including those who work in residential and nursing homes for older adults
  • 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
  • all adults aged 50 years or over
  • Anyone eligible for a booster should wait to be contacted by the NHS to make an appointment.

Hospital consultants and local GPs are working closely together to ensure that these very vulnerable patients are contacted as soon as possible to make an appointment for their third vaccine as these patients are less likely to have retained anti-bodies from their first vaccines.

As part of the initial roll out of booster vaccinations, health and care providers and employers are also currently compiling lists of all their staff who require third jabs. These individuals will either be vaccinated at clinics provided within their workplaces or directed to clinics at other local vaccination centres.

Walk-in vaccination clinics running across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are still focused on providing first and second doses for anyone aged 16+,but are also providing booster clinics. These are in addition to a high number of pharmacies across the region. Visit BLMK’s website to find the nearest one to  you. COVID-19 Vaccine Information – BLMK CCG

GP practices continue to be incredibly busy and need to keep their phone lines open for patients to make appointments with their doctor or practice nurse. Local people are therefore asked not to telephone their practice asking when they will get their booster – the NHS will make contact when it’s your turn.

A third vaccination offers vital protection by boosting the antibodies in the body that fight COVID-19.  There is evidence that antibodies decrease over time and that a booster should be offered six months after the second vaccine has been given

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you have any of the above symptoms, you can book a PCR test here:  https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk

People who have been invited by the national booking service (NBS) to book their COVID-19 booster vaccination, via an email or text, are being urged to come forward and take up the opportunity as soon as possible.

The vaccination booster programme is currently underway across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK).

The NHS in BLMK is urging people who have received an invite for a booster via an email or text from the NBS to book their appointment as soon as possible

If you haven’t yet received an invite but are eligible and had your second dose over six months ago, you can go onto the National Booking System   http://www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination and self-declare. Please make sure you had your second dose six months ago, otherwise your vaccination cannot take place and you will be turned away when you arrive for your appointment.

Dr Sarah Whiteman, Chair of NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “There’s lots of vaccine availability at national booking service sites across BLMK, so if you have received an invite for a booster by email or text, please book your appointment as soon as possible.”

“The winter months and colder weather bring an increase in respiratory viruses in the community. The booster programme will help keep people out of hospital with serious COVID-19 related illness during what is always a busier season for the NHS. Coronavirus is still circulating and infection rates remain relatively high.”

“Please take the opportunity now to get your booster booked in if you are eligible.”

Dr Whiteman added: “We appreciate that not everyone will have computer access, but there are ways in which you can be supported to do this with the help and support of family members, by popping into a local library who will be able to support you to access a computer and book your vaccination direct.

“You can also call 119 and they will be able to book your booster vaccine for you.”

The following groups are the first eligible cohorts for a booster vaccine:

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • frontline health and social care workers including those who work in residential and nursing homes for older adults
  • 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
  • all adults aged 50 years or over
  • Anyone eligible for a booster should wait to be contacted by the NHS to make an appointment.

Hospital consultants and local GPs are working closely together to ensure that these very vulnerable patients are contacted as soon as possible to make an appointment for their third vaccine as these patients are less likely to have retained anti-bodies from their first vaccines.

As part of the initial roll out of booster vaccinations, health and care providers and employers are also currently compiling lists of all their staff who require third jabs. These individuals will either be vaccinated at clinics provided within their workplaces or directed to clinics at other local vaccination centres.

Walk-in vaccination clinics running across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are still focused on providing first and second doses for anyone aged 16+,but are also providing booster clinics. These are in addition to a high number of pharmacies across the region. Visit BLMK’s website to find the nearest one to  you. COVID-19 Vaccine Information – BLMK CCG

GP practices continue to be incredibly busy and need to keep their phone lines open for patients to make appointments with their doctor or practice nurse. Local people are therefore asked not to telephone their practice asking when they will get their booster – the NHS will make contact when it’s your turn.

A third vaccination offers vital protection by boosting the antibodies in the body that fight COVID-19.  There is evidence that antibodies decrease over time and that a booster should be offered six months after the second vaccine has been given

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you have any of the above symptoms, you can book a PCR test here:  https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk