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Boost your immunity to COVID-19

Getting vaccinated is the best way of protecting yourself and those around you, and the booster vaccination is vital in maintaining protection against severe COVID-19 this winter.

The appeal comes as Dorset continues the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, the largest in the history of the NHS.

Local GP and Clinical Lead for the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Dorset Dr Andy Rutland said “After several months of fairly steady case rates we are now seeing an increase in the prevalence of COVID-19 so I would urge anyone who hasn’t already done so to get both their initial vaccination doses or if they are eligible, to book their booster jab.

“Generally speaking the winter months see more people becoming ill and higher demands on health services and there is no doubt that this year COVID-19 will be playing a major part in this picture.”

The message is being reinforced by Director of Public Health for Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, Sam Crowe, who commented “The vaccine is by far the most effective tool that we have to prevent serious illness caused by COVID-19. I would urge everyone to take advantage of that opportunity to protect themselves and others, and encourage those that are eligible for their COVID-19 booster jab to take up the invitation.

“We know that the vaccine is weakening the link between cases and deaths, and when we have very high case rates locally it’s more important than ever to get that protection from the vaccine and boost your immunity by getting your booster jab.”

Those eligible for a booster Covid-19 vaccination include everyone aged 50 and over, frontline health and social care workers and those aged between 16 and 49 with an underlying health condition which puts them at greater risk from the virus.

Invitation letters will be sent to those eligible asking them to book an appointment at least 6 months after their second dose via the national booking system website or by calling 119.

If someone has not been contacted and it’s been six months and one week (190 days) since their second dose, please try to book an appointment using the booking website or by calling 119. People may also be contacted by their GP and invited to book an appointment.

If you are eligible but haven’t yet had your first or second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, you can still take up the offer by using the national booking system (www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or call 119) to get an appointment or visit a drop in clinic.

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