COVID 19 BOOSTER VACCINATION PROGRAMME

THE FOLLOWING IS A MEDIA RELEASE FROM NHS BORDERS

§ Our vaccination teams have offered Covid-19 booster and flu vaccinations to the majority of care home residents and staff in the Borders.

§ Vaccinations for those who are housebound are underway. Our team are contacting individuals to advise that they are on this list.

§ Those aged 80 years and over and adults aged 16 years and over who are on the highest risk list (previously known as the shielding list) have now received their appointment details by post (blue envelope) for their Covid-19 and flu vaccination. Vaccinations for this group will be complete on 30 October. If you are in this group and have not received your letter please call the national Covid-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.

§ Those aged 70 -79 have now received their appointment letters. Clinics for this group commenced today (Monday 25 October). If you are in this group and have not received your letter please call the national Covid-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.

§ It is anticipated that those aged 60-69 and also those aged 16 to 59 years with underlying health conditions (aged 16 to 59 years) will receive their appointment letters (blue envelope) from week commencing 8 November. Clinics are scheduled to start from week commencing 15 November.

§ All adults over 50, carers, unpaid and young carers and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals details will be communicated in due course.

§ People on the highest risk list who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their last Covid-19 vaccination are being offered a third primary dose instead of a booster. All individuals in this group have been offered an appointment.

§ The way that all vaccinations are delivered in the Borders has changed as part of our Primary Care Improvement Plan. Vaccinations will now be administered by NHS Borders in community clinics instead of by individual GP practices. Some vaccinations may still be administered in a practice building by NHS Borders staff. Those who are housebound will continue to get their vaccination at home and care home residents will get their vaccination in their care home setting. Please do not contact your GP practice to book your appointment as they will not be able to book it for you.

§ Anyone eligible who has tested positive for Covid-19 must wait 28 days after a positive test to get the Covid-19 booster.

§ The booster programme is running alongside our biggest ever flu vaccination programme. Both programmes are important for individual and public health. Wherever possible those eligible will be offered their Covid-19 and flu vaccines together.

§ The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have advised that at least 24 weeks should have passed since receiving the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, before a booster is administered.

§ Individuals who are not eligible for a Covid-19 booster until later this year and onwards (those who don’t have their vaccination appointment yet) can opt to get their free flu vaccination at one of our participating community pharmacies now. Details of participating pharmacies can be found below:

§ Vaccinations will be administered subject to availability on a first come first served basis. If the pharmacy team identify that you have an upcoming vaccination appointment they will discuss this with you and administer a flu vaccine based on clinical risk.

§ Participating pharmacies are subject to change, please check our website for up to date information.