Updated 1 December
Please wait to be invited for booster vaccine
The Covid-19 booster programme continues to be rolled out at pace across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire.
In light of the recent changes regarding eligibility for a Covid-19 booster vaccination, local people are being asked to wait until their specific age group is called forward before trying to book an appointment.
On Monday 29 November, the government announced that booster vaccines would become available for all adults in an attempt to prevent the spread of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19.
However, these changes have yet to come into force, and vaccination teams across the region are still working incredibly hard to provide the booster vaccine to older people and those with an underlying health condition.
As such, people not yet eligible are kindly asked to hold off from attempting to arrange a booster vaccine appointment using the online National Booking Service, as doing so can prevent others from accessing the website, or visiting one of the region's vaccination centres.
Currently, booster vaccines are only available for people over the age of 40, those with an underlying health condition and frontline health and social care workers.
As soon as this changes, the NHS will invite those who qualify for a booster vaccine to come forward.
The online National Booking Service, which is available at www.nhs.uk, will allow people without an invitation to book a booster vaccine once 182 days have passed since their last vaccination.
Any person still unable to book after this point should contact the National Booking Service by calling 119.
People are reassured that all those who are eligible for a booster vaccine will be contacted when it is their turn to come forward.
This includes those who are:
- living in residential care homes for older adults
- aged 40 years or over
- frontline health and social care workers
- aged 16-49 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
- household contacts (aged 16 or over) of immunosuppressed individuals