The covid booster campaign in Lincolnshire has surpassed 100,000 vaccinations just weeks after launch, with more than 108,000 booster vaccinations given (3rd November).
Since it began in late September, the booster part of the vaccination campaign has been exceptionally well supported by the Lincolnshire public, who have come forwards in their numbers to top up their protection against covid.
“We’re so delighted with the response from Lincolnshire people who, as with previous covid vaccinations, have demonstrated they understand the importance of having the covid vaccinations by coming forwards in significant numbers when it has been their turn,” comments Rebecca Neno, Director of Covid and Influenza Vaccination Programmes, NHS Lincolnshire CCG.
“Only about two or three weeks ago we’d given around 40,000 booster vaccinations, so to be approaching nearly triple that number by early November is great news for us all, as we continue to do everything we can to gain the maximum protection from covid.”
People eligible for a booster vaccination include:
- Those aged 50 or over
- Health and care staff
- People who live and work in care homes
- People aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from covid
- People aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from covid
- People aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, had had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
In Lincolnshire the booster vaccination is available at vaccination sites around the county, including the Mass Vaccination Centres at The Lincolnshire Showground, and at PRSA, Boston, The Table Tennis Club, Meres Leisure Centre, Grantham, The Storehouse, Skegness, and a number of pharmacies across Lincolnshire. Appointments can be booked via the online booking system Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine – NHS (www.nhs.uk) or by telephoning 119.
“You will be eligible for your booster vaccination at least six months after your second dose. Asking people to book an appointment means we can closely manage likely demand for vaccinations and ensure we vaccinate as many people as possible. Booking an appointment at a vaccination centre will give you the best experience and minimum waiting time,” explains Rebecca.
With Bonfire night celebrations scheduled at PRSA Boston, and The Lincolnshire Showground this weekend, people are being reminded that, whilst the Mass Vaccination Centres are open over the weekend, both are required to close earlier than usual on Saturday, with last appointments available at 3.30pm at The Lincolnshire Showground, and 4pm at PRSA.