Torbay residents most at risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19 can book their spring booster from April 20th 2023.
The first ‘round’ of clinics, run by Torbay General Practice (TGP), will be held at the Riviera International Centre on:
– April 20
– April 21
– April 22
– April 27
– April 28
– April 29.
To receive your booster on these dates you must be aged 75 or over on June 30, 2023, or be classed as ‘severely immunosuppressed’, as defined in the green book of immunisation.
Patients need to make an appointment as walk-ins are not being accepted.
You can book an appointment either through the national booking service or by calling 119 (the COVID-19 testing and vaccine helpline). Please don’t contact your GP practice.
COVID-19 continues to infect thousands of people every week and those at highest risk of severe illness should top-up their immunity ahead of the planned autumn booster programme.
Paignton and Brixham PCN manager Nicci Hilson, who is overseeing the Torbay vaccination programme, said: “We want to support our patients to stay well, and encourage everyone who is eligible to make an appointment to get their vaccination this spring.
“Teams from all 10 TGP practices will be staffing the vaccination programme for Torbay again. We have a high population eligible for this booster, so we will be working through the cohorts in age ranges.
“But please don’t contact your practice to book – use the national booking system or call 119.”
Professor Wei Shen Lim, Chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation COVID-19 Committee, said: “Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 and the spring booster programme provides an opportunity for those who are at highest risk of severe illness to keep their immunity topped up.
“This year’s spring programme will bridge the gap to the planned booster programme in the autumn, enabling those who are most vulnerable to be well protected throughout the summer.
Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said: “COVID-19 is still circulating widely, and we have recently seen increases in older people being hospitalised.
“It is important those at highest risk of severe illness do not become complacent and I would encourage everyone who is eligible to come forward once the booster programme starts.”
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