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  • Writer's pictureHealthwatch West Berkshire

NHS booking system open for spring Covid-19 vaccinations

The NHS national booking system has opened for spring Covid-19 vaccination bookings with those eligible able to book appointments from the 22nd April.

People at increased risk from severe illness can get the vaccine, including those aged 75 or over (on 30 June 2024), people with a weakened immune system or who live in an older adult care home.

Spring vaccinations will be available until 30 June 2024.

Anyone eligible can book a vaccine appointment via the NHS.UK website or by calling 119 for free, with parents or carers able to book a Covid-19 vaccination for children under 16 on their behalf.

Eligible people aged 16 and over can also use the NHS App to book an appointment.

The NHS is sending texts, emails, NHS App messages or letters to those who are eligible, but they do not have to wait for the invite to book.

Monday 22nd April will also see the start of visits to older adult care homes and eligible household patients. For those that receive all their care at home, a home visit should be arranged via their GP.

Eligibility for a spring vaccination is similar to previous years but those with a weakened immune system are now eligible from 6 months instead of 5 years.

This spring’s eligible cohorts include:

  • Adults aged 75 years and over by 30 June 2024

  • Residents in care homes for older adults

  • Individuals aged 6 months and over who are immunosuppressed.

This year there are thousands of appointments available every day across the country including at pharmacies and GP practices. Some areas also offer convenient walk-in options, with a list of available walk-in sites online.

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