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Big success hoped for spring booster programme

From Monday March 21, everyone aged 75 years or above and those aged 12 years or above who are severely immunosuppressed can go to a walk-in clinic in east and west Suffolk or north east Essex for their 2nd COVID-19 booster dose, or make an appointment via the national NHS booking site.

These groups of people, along with all care home residents, are deemed at a much higher risk of developing severe COVID-19.

With the virus remaining prevalent within our communities and the immunity these people have from their autumn vaccination possibly not providing adequate future protection, all those eligible are encouraged to come forward as part of the Spring booster programme.

Local care homes are being contacted direct to arrange these important 2nd booster doses for residents, and other eligible people can expect to be contacted by the NHS in the coming weeks.

People in these eligible groups will need to have a six-month gap since their last vaccination.

Walk-in clinics taking place across the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (SNEE) are listed at www.sneevaccine.org.uk and the NHS national booking website HERE

This announcement follows the publication of latest figures highlighting how the vaccination programme across SNEE is one of the very best in country, with vaccination figures above the national average, including:

·       94% of people over the age of 18 in SNEE have received their first dose, compared to 92% of adults in England

·       91% of people over the age of 18 in SNEE have also received their second dose, compared to 89% of adults in England

·       85% of people over the age of 18 who are eligible have now had their COVID-19 booster vaccination. This compares with 83% for the East of England region.

Since the vaccination programme began, over 2.2m vaccinations have been administered locally….and the number is increasing every day.

Dr Ed Garratt, chief executive, Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System, said: “The continuing rise in COVID-19 virus cases in our community and in hospital admissions highlights how important it is for anyone eligible for vaccination to come forward.

“We know how important vaccination is, and the success of the programme so far has enabled us to see loved ones again, for businesses to open up and for us to enjoy the freedom to socialise with family and friends.

“We need to continue with our efforts in tackling COVID-19, so do please come forward, whether you’re eligible for a 2nd booster, or are still to have a 1st , 2nd, 3rd or booster dose. From April 4th we’ll be extending the vaccination programme even further, inviting healthy 5 to 11-year olds to receive the vaccine.

“You’ll be made very welcome at our walk-in clinics and if you have any questions or concerns call the local vaccination helpline on 0344 257 3961.”

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