Covid: When can I get my Covid booster jab?

By Philippa Roxby
Health reporter

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The well being secretary has mentioned that full Covid vaccination is more likely to be made obligatory for NHS employees.

An estimated 86% of individuals aged 12 and over within the UK have now had not less than one dose, and a booster marketing campaign is underway for probably the most weak.

What has the well being secretary mentioned?

Sajid Javid advised the BBC that he was “minded to” introduce obligatory vaccination for NHS employees, though ministers have “yet to make the final decision”.

“It’s not only right for someone working in the NHS because naturally they’re more likely to come into contact with Covid… but also for those they’re caring for”, he mentioned.

How many individuals have now been vaccinated?

Across the UK, boosters are being provided to:

  • Over-50s
  • Frontline well being and social care employees
  • Older adults in residential care properties
  • People aged 16-49 years previous with underlying well being situations which put them at better danger of extreme Covid
  • Adults sharing a house with weak individuals

The dose should be given not less than six months after a second vaccination. Usually will probably be Pfizer or Moderna.

Which kids are being vaccinated?

The rollout is underway in England, Scotland and Wales, and can begin shortly in Northern Ireland.

Most doses are being given at school, however kids in England will quickly be capable of go to vaccination centres.

There is not any vaccine presently permitted for under-12s within the UK.

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How can I ebook my vaccine?

In England, adults and people inside three months of turning 18 can ebook first or second jabs online, by calling 119, or visiting a walk-in clinic. Sixteen and 17-year-olds ought to contact their GP.

Parents of kids aged 12-15-year-olds will quickly get a letter about appointments at vaccination centres. Children can even must consent on the day.

Frontline well being or social care employees can book their booster jab online, however different teams ought to wait to be contacted by the NHS. If greater than six months has handed since their second dose they can name 119.

In Northern Ireland, you can book online or name 0300 200 7813. Walk-in centres are open to older youngsters. People entitled to a 3rd dose will be contacted.

Which vaccine will I get?

Under-18s are presently being provided Pfizer, though the Moderna vaccine has additionally been authorised to be used in kids.

Why are infections nonetheless so excessive?

This is as a result of the vaccines are designed to guard individuals from changing into critical unwell or dying from Covid.

They’re much less efficient at stopping individuals catching Covid or passing it on.

What else will vaccination enable me to do?

Full vaccination makes worldwide journey far less complicated and cheaper.

If you are travelling to England (or Wales from 31 October) you solely must take a lateral circulation take a look at two days after arriving, relatively than a costlier PCR take a look at.

What about unwanted side effects?

The most typical ones embody a sore arm, headache, chills, fatigue and nausea.

They are a part of the physique’s regular immune response to vaccines and have a tendency to resolve inside a day or two.

Media caption, Why it’s regular for some individuals to expertise short-term unwanted side effects from Covid-19 vaccines

Separately, a really small variety of individuals have skilled a severe allergic reaction after receiving the Pfizer vaccine.

You ought to talk about any present critical allergic reactions along with your healthcare skilled earlier than being vaccinated.

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2021-10-25 15:19:17

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