|The current COVID vaccination booster scheme will come to an end on Sunday 12 February.
This means if you are eligible for a COVID booster and are due to have one, you should get this booked in as soon as possible.
The vaccination programme in Hertfordshire and west Essex has delivered more than 3.7 million COVID vaccination doses since it began in December 2020.
Thanks to this success the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has now advised bringing the programme to an end.
After this date, a more targeted offer will be made to anyone considered to be at risk of serious illness.
Dr Jane Halpin, Chief Executive of the Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board said: “The COVID vaccination programme in Hertfordshire and west Essex has been hugely successful.
“My thanks go to everyone who came forward to protect themselves, their loved ones and those they care for.
“We’re now into the final stretch of this booster campaign and I would urge anyone eligible who hasn’t had their COVID booster to book an appointment at a pharmacy now and make the most of the offer while they can.
“Flu and COVID have both resulted in very serious illnesses this winter, so top up your immunity now and get protected.”
If you are considered to be at risk of illness, after 12 February, you will be contacted individually and there will be more information soon about who will be eiligible in future phases of the programme.
If you have not had your first or second jabs, the opportunity to get those will also be on offer until the middle of February.
You can book online or search for pharmacies near you offering walk-in vaccinations using their postcode on the NHS.UK website or get in touch with your pharmacist or GP to see if they are offering this service.
You can have the latest, autumn, COVID-19 booster, if it is at least three months since your previous dose, and you are:
- an adult aged 50 and over
- aged 5 to 49 in a clinical risk group, including pregnant women
- aged 5 to 49 who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
- a carer aged 15 to 49
- resident in care homes for older adults and staff
- frontline health and social care workers.
You can also check if you are eligible on the ICS website.