The NHS is offering a booster vaccine to anyone over the age of 18.

You can book your booster vaccination now via the national booking service or by calling 119.

 

 

According to the UKHSA the booster vaccine provides 88% protection against the Omicron variant

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Spring Booster programme

The following groups of individuals are eligible now for their COVID-19 Spring Booster:

– Older People in care homes

–  People with learning disabilities (aged over 18 years) – Adult Disabilities Service Residential homes, those living at home and other care settings

– People with serious mental illness

– Adults aged over 75 years

– Individuals aged over 12 and over who are immunosuppressed

Click here for the spring booster guide

FAQS

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When can I book my COVID-19 booster vaccine?

Please click here for the most up to date information on booking a vaccination. Walk In clinics may also be available if you are eligible check here for sites in and close to Hertfordshire.

 

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How do I book and what do I need?

The COVID-19 booster vaccine is being offered to anyone over the age of 18 who has already had a first and second dose of the vaccine at least 3 months ago. 

For those working in health and social care the following process can be followed for booking:

  • When you are ready to book your appontment visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination and choose ‘front line health and social care staff’ as an option to allow this to be recorded on the system.
  • You can also book by calling 119 or by visiting your nearest walk-in-centre.
  • You will need to take identification to show that you work in health and social care please ensure you take one of the following:

– A copy of your NHS booster letter or
– A workplace photo ID or
– A recent letter from your employer (last 3 months) or
– A recent payslip with shows your employer (last 3 months)

  • You will also need to take proof that you’ve been double vaccinated, you can currently use any of the options listed here.
  • If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19, please wait at least 28 days before booking your appointment.
  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please book a PCR test and confirm a negative result before booking your booster appointment.
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Why should I have the COVID-19 booster?

In addition to giving greater immunity, the COVID-19 booster vaccine could offer extra protection against new and existing variants that may have resistance to existing vaccines. The booster programme is designed to protect as many vulnerable people as possible from becoming seriously ill due to COVID-19 over the winter period.

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Which COVID-19 vaccine will I get?

Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine.

This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses.

Some people may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

It is safe for your booster vaccine to be different to your first and second vaccination. Click here to see Jim McManus, Hertfordshire’s Director of Public Health’s answer to this.

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Is it safe to have the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 booster at the same time?

Most people who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine are also eligible for the annual flu vaccine. If you are offered both vaccines, it’s safe to have them at the same time. Click here to find out more information about the flu vaccine. 

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What if I am unable to be vaccinated because of medical reasons?

There are a small number of exemptions for individuals who have a medical reason which means they should not be vaccinated, and in some cases should not test either. Medical exemption status cannot be based on testing alone.

You can apply for proof of evidence that you have a medical reason why you should not be vaccinated and/or tested. If you are eligible for proof of medical exemption, or a carer obtains this on your behalf, you will be able to use the domestic NHS COVID Pass wherever you need to prove your COVID-19 status.

Currently, businesses and event organisers in England that choose to use the NHS COVID Pass as a condition of entry can decide whether or not to allow in people who self-declare that they are unable to be vaccinated or tested.

Businesses can continue to accept people who self-declare that they are medically exempt until mid December 2021, from which point, have to use the NHS COVID Pass to gain entry in the same way that people who are fully vaccinated do. Your NHS COVID Pass will not show that you have a medical exemption.

You can find out more information including how to apply for the NHS COVID Pass to prove that you’re unable to be vaccinated and/or get tested here.

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Does the booster vaccination affect lateral flow/PCR testing?

All COVID-19 vaccines that are currently approved for use in the UK do not contain the live virus which causes COVID-19. This means that the vaccination boosters will not lead to false results from COVID-19 tests. None of the vaccines will interact with testing. 

You can find out more information by clicking here. Extract: “Vaccination will not affect testing”

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The booster is currently only advisory; will it be mandated going forward?
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Can staff choose to self certify for booster and be exempt from having it?

As it is not mandatory, there is no requirement for staff to self-certify they cannot have it, it is the employees decision. However, we would encourage you to talk to any staff member who is choosing to not have it, to understand the rationale behind this.

Hertfordshire Care Managers Omicron Update Webinar – 12th December 2021

» Click here for the recording

» Click here for the slides

» Click here for the FAQs

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