Flying start for Lancashire and South Cumbria’s COVID-19 booster programme

More than 150,000 people across Lancashire and South Cumbria have now received their COVID-19 booster.

And with thousands of doses being administered every day, health chiefs are confident of having offered the booster – and added protection from COVID-19 – to the majority of those eligible by the end of December.

Demand for the booster has been high, with most people receiving their invite directly from the NHS or from their GP taking up the offer. Clinic sessions across Lancashire and South Cumbria have regularly been booked out.

Where possible, some areas have taken the opportunity to administer a flu and COVID-19 vaccination at the same appointment, which has been well received by patients.

There are multiple locations across Lancashire and South Cumbria offering the COVID-19 vaccine booster, along with first and second doses (as it’s not too late to come forward). These range from primary care network sites (led by GPs), community pharmacies, hospital hubs, and large-scale vaccination centres. Where people can’t easily get to the vaccine, the vaccine is taken to them with pop-up clinics, vaccine buses, and teams going out to visit housebound patients.

Jane Scattergood, senior responsible officer for the Lancashire and South Cumbria vaccination programme, said: “Demand for the booster has been extremely high and as soon as eligible people are getting their booster invites they are finding a venue handy for them and booking straight in.

 

“It means we’re getting through thousands of boosters a day. And coupled with the annual flu vaccination programme in full swing and first and second COVID-19 doses – that’s a lot of jabs!

 

“With COVID-19 still spreading in our communities, and other winter bugs including flu beginning to circulate, we are making sure our most vulnerable citizens are protected.”

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 six months on from their second dose include:

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • all adults aged 50 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.

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, director of public health for Lancashire County Council, said: “Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others from coronavirus, so it’s brilliant that more than 150,000 people across Lancashire and South Cumbria have now received their booster.

 

“As we approach winter, it is absolutely vital that those who are eligible boost their immunity to maintain their protection against COVID-19.

 

“If six months have passed since you had your second COVID-19 jab, please come forward and book your booster jab without delay to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

 

“And if you haven’t yet had your first or second dose, it’s not too late to come forward.

 

“It’s also more important than ever that you boost your immunity against flu, which can be life-threatening and spreads more easily in winter.”

Visit the Lancashire and South Cumbria Vaccination Programme website for more information.