Covid ‘booster’ jabs
Nationally, more than 850,000 people have booked booster vaccinations. Booster vaccinations are important to keep vaccinated people’s resistance to COVID-19 ‘topped up’, as it naturally declines over time, making you more vulnerable to serious illness. If you are eligible, you will be contacted by either your GP practice or the national NHS booking system.
In Hertfordshire, booster vaccinations are being offered in community pharmacies, by GP practices and at the five large vaccination centres in the area, as well as care homes for older people and residential homes for vulnerable adults.
The following groups of people are eligible for booster vaccinations once six months have passed after their second vaccination. Please note that pregnant women in an eligible group can receive a booster dose:
- people aged 50 and over
- people who live and work in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
- people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at a high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
- unpaid carers aged 16 and over
- people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections
In addition to the nationally agreed list above, the Hertfordshire and west Essex Integrated Care System has agreed that, once six months have passed after their second Covid vaccination, these vulnerable people should be prioritised for a booster vaccination too:
- everyone over 16 years of age with a learning disability or severe mental illness, regardless of whether they live in their own home, with family, or in a care home or supported living. People who have mental health issues relating to eating disorders or personality disorder traits are included in this group
- the carers (paid or unpaid) of people in these groups.
New pregnancy videos now online
COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommended in pregnancy as the best way to protect against the known risks of COVID-19 for both mothers and babies. Plus, vaccinated mothers who breastfeed can pass on protective antibodies to their babies.
A range of resources featuring local maternity staff, mums and babies are now available online including; a new video and a leaflet. The leaflet will be printed and distributed at ante-natal clinics and the video will be widely shared on social media and through local networks.
The new website page: covid.healthierfuture.org.uk/pregnancy-breastfeeding-and-fertility features more information for people who want to find out more about the vaccine.
Vaccination volunteers needed
As volunteers have begun to go back to their day jobs, our partner organisation Communities 1st, are looking to recruit new volunteers to assist with the vaccination booster programme. These volunteers will be assisting medical staff in vaccination centres across Hertfordshire. There are indoor and outdoor roles available.
Tor register please visit: www.communities1st.org.uk/ or call T: 020 3940 4865.
Other useful links
- National Booking Service: Book your COVID-19 Vaccination
- Find a place offering the COVID-19 vaccination closest to you: Pop ups & Vaccination Centres
- COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for eligible children and young people aged 12 to 17
- COVID-19 vaccination programme for young people: guidance for parents
- Children’s respiratory health symptoms and what to do https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/bronchiolitis/causes
- Office of National Statistics: Data on deaths related to COVID-19
- Report suspected side effects to medication, vaccinations and medical devices via the Yellow Card Scheme https://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk
- Advice videos in 5 Asian languages on: COVID-19 and pregnancy
- Hertfordshire’s Information Champions: COVID-19 language videos
- Protect yourself from false information: Share Check List
- Needle Phobia & Anxiety: https://www.youtube.com/watch? and https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/covid-19-vaccine-support/
- Financial or practical help and advice contact: HertsHelp
- Guidance for residents and businesses during the pandemic: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
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