Every adult in Cheshire and Merseyside will be offered booster by end of December

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Update: 15/12/2021

The NHS North West vaccination programme will offer every adult a Covid-19 booster jab booking as part of a plan to fight the new Omicron variant.

Everyone aged 18 and over can now book their booster jab online using the national booking system.  People should not contact their GP practice to book a booster jab. If you cannot book online, call 119.

The vaccination programme is rapidly expanding across the region with more than 300 vaccination sites available. Sites are extending their opening times to make it easy and convenient for people to get their life-saving jabs.

To book your Covid-19 booster vaccination, visit: www.nhs.uk/book-a-coronavirus-vaccination/do-you-have-an-nhs-number or call 119.  To find a local walk-in site, visit: www.england.nhs.uk/north-west/grab-a-jab.

 


13/12/2021

The Cheshire and Merseyside NHS vaccination programme will offer every adult the chance to book a Covid-19 booster vaccine by the end of the year – in a race to protect people against the Omicron variant.

As part of the biggest and fastest vaccine programme in health service history, online bookings are available for all those in their 30s and above from today (Monday, December 13).

The National Booking Service will then open up to everyone aged 18 and over from Wednesday, December 15.

The NHS is prioritising bookings for boosters and urging people to book a slot to guarantee their vital jab. Some vaccination sites may offer a walk-in service for 18s and over if they have spare capacity.

As the most complex and challenging phase of the rollout expands even further and faster, Cheshire and Merseyside will dramatically increase the number of appointments we have in place for vaccinations.

Over the next week, opening hours for vaccine centres will be extended and a number of centres available will be open seven days a week.

More pop-up sites will be coming online with as we and our partners in the nine Local Authority areas of Cheshire and Merseyside look at the most convenient sites for our communities.

GP teams are also being asked to clinically prioritise their services to free up capacity to support the Covid-19 vaccination programme, alongside delivering critical appointments such as cancer, urgent and emergency care.

This means that, for some people, routine appointments will be postponed as part of the national mission to roll out boosters.

Jayne Wood, Vaccine Director for Cheshire and Merseyside Health Care Partnership, said: “Our staff and volunteers have already been working exceptionally hard to deliver Covid vaccines as quickly as possible.

“But scientists are very concerned about the spread of Omicron due to the speed with which it spreads and because two doses do not appear to provide much protection, but thankfully, a booster dramatically improves this.

“I know NHS staff and volunteers will again, do everything possible to rise to this extraordinary challenge as we prepare for a new wave of infections that could be even greater than those that have gone before.”

Following the launch of a recruitment drive last week, the NHS is continuing to encourage people to come forward and help the NHS to save lives either as a volunteer or in a paid role in the programme.

NHS staff will also be redeployed so that they can focus on protecting the entire country as quickly as possible and military aid will be in place in Cheshire and Merseyside to support NHS staff with planning for the extra vaccinations.

The best way to get your booster quickly is by booking online or by calling 119 but if walk in centres have capacity to do so, they can vaccinate adults aged 18 and over immediately.

 

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