People aged 65 and over are urged to book a Covid-19 booster

People aged 65 and over can now book their Covid-19 booster online or via 111.

The NHS is also offering appointments for carers and pregnant women as the rollout of the vaccine continues through the colder months.

People aged 75 and over, severely immunocompromised people and front-line healthcare and care workers can book a booster since last week.

Reservations can be made online or over the phone as long as the person last had their Covid shot at least three months ago.

Around 26 million people in England will be eligible for an autumn recall in the coming weeks.

NHS Director of Vaccinations and Testing Steve Russell said: ‘There is no room for complacency in keeping Covid-19 on the back foot and this autumn reminder will help protect those most at risk.

“As of today, people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and caregivers can now receive their injection.

“If you are one of those who are eligible, getting your next dose is more important than ever, so please come forward as soon as possible.”

Dozens of hospitals are joining the rollout to administer the vaccine – plus flu shots if possible – to members of the public as well as NHS staff.

Ultimately, all people aged 50 will be offered a vaccine.

Two vaccines have been approved for use as boosters this fall and winter – one from Moderna and the second from Pfizer.

Both have been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to target both the original and Omicron strains of the virus.

Those eligible for a fall/winter recall include adults ages 50 and older, people ages 5-49 with health conditions that put them at increased risk, pregnant women, nursing home workers and frontline health and social care workers, carers and household contacts of people with weakened immune systems.

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