Last chance for people in Derby and Derbyshire to get Autumn booster

Eligible people in Derby and Derbyshire who have yet to receive an Autumn booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccination have until 12 February to get protected.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that the offer of an Autumn Booster and an initial booster dose for all 16 to 49-year-olds who are not considered at risk will end on Sunday 12 February. However, the offer of a first and second dose will still be available for those who are yet to come forward.

The NHS is urging anybody who is eligible who is yet to come forward for their booster vaccines to do so before the end date.

While more than 381,000 people across Derby and Derbyshire have had their Covid-19 autumn booster, which is 67% of the population, there are still a number of eligible people who are yet to take up the offer and are at risk of increased serious illness.

Mandy Simpson, Programme Director for the vaccination in Derbyshire, said: “Thank you to everyone that has taken the opportunity to have their booster so far and getting protected for the winter against Covid-19. There are still eligible people who have yet to take up the offer of their vaccination, some of which have underlying conditions and so are at risk of serious illness.

“I would urge anybody who is eligible and yet to boost their protection against Covid-19 to come forward and get protected ahead of the Sunday 12 February deadline. COVID-19 remains very dangerous and even life threatening for some, especially older people and younger people with long term health conditions.

“There are still appointments available until Sunday 12 February and this year we have made it more convenient than ever to get your booster, including appointments at community pharmacies and GP premises.”

There are currently 1,193 patients in the Midlands with Covid-19 in hospitals with 1,482 cases in the East Midlands and 1,650 in the West Midlands recorded over the last seven-day reporting period.

The vaccine has been rigorously tested to the highest safety standards and is continuously monitored for safety. It has been tested on tens of thousands of people across the world – men, women, people of different ethnicities and ages – as well as given to millions more.

People can book their latest COVID-19 dose through the national booking system or by calling 119. You can also get a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from a walk-in site without an appointment. People can find their nearest walk-in sites on the NHS website.

Who is eligible for an Autumn Booster:

A seasonal booster (autumn booster) can be booked online for anyone who is:

  • aged 50 or over
  • pregnant
  • aged 5 and over and at high risk due to a health condition
  • aged 5 and over and at high risk because of a weakened immune system
  • aged 5 and over and lives with someone who has a weakened immune system
  • aged 16 and over and is a carer, either paid or unpaid
  • a frontline health and social care worker