The deadline for the free Covid booster shot is approaching – are you eligible? | British News

Hand in blue medical gloves holding a syringe and a vaccine vial with Covid 19 Vaccine Booster

The Covid spring booster vaccination program is ending soon (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

While Although the Covid pandemic is no longer considered a “global health emergency” by the WHO, the virus is still making its mark, with millions of new cases being reported around the world every week.

The arrival of another new variant called “Arcturus” earlier this year is also a reminder that Covid hasn’t gone away.

Symptoms are similar to Omicron, including fever, cough and runny nose – itchy eyes or conjunctivitis have also been reported as possible new conditions, particularly in children. However, it is not believed to lead to more serious illnesses, and booster shots have been reported to counteract it.

With that in mind, it’s worth noting that the Spring booster vaccination deadline is fast approaching and those who are eligible for a booster shot only have a few weeks left to get their booster shots.

Around 6.6 million people in the UK are said to be eligible for a booster shot, with 3.6 million of them reported to have received the booster shot.

When do the booster shots end – and who is eligible?

When does the Covid spring booster campaign end?

The Covid Spring Booster Program ends on Friday 30th June. So if you want a vaccination and haven’t received it yet, you have a little over four weeks left.

Health and Human Services Secretary Steve Barclay has encouraged those who are eligible for the vaccine to come forward, saying: “Even if you have not yet received your first dose of the Covid vaccine you can still come forward to get yours to improve protection.”

“With thousands of websites across the country, getting your dream couldn’t be easier, so please don’t hesitate.”

A nurse prepares a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The booster program is open to over six million eligible people (Image: Getty Images)

Steve Russell, NHS Director of Vaccination and Screening, added: “If you’ve only had one Covid vaccine, or none at all, it’s not too late.”

“Please make the most of the coming month by protecting yourself from Covid before the offer expires.”

Who is entitled to the Spring Booster?

The spring booster is available for:

  • People aged 75 and over – including those turning 75 between April and June
  • Residents of nursing homes for the elderly.
  • People 5 years and older with a weakened immune system.

The The government guidance on spring booster vaccination says you should discuss this with your doctor if you have had a severe reaction to a previous dose.

If you wish to take advantage of this offer and have not already done so, you can book online on the NHS website or visit an outpatient clinic.

Which vaccine is used?

The vaccine will be either Pfizer, Moderna or Sanofi/GSK – while Novavax is also available when alternatives are not deemed clinically appropriate.

The Sanofi vaccine contains an adjuvant (a chemical that improves the immune response to the virus) and is only offered to older people who may be less responsive to vaccines.

Booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Which vaccine you receive depends on a number of factors (Picture: Getty Images)

What you get depends on local coverage — but children under 12 will get a version of the Pfizer vaccine.

For those who are If you follow a vegan diet, it is important to know that the Sanofi/GSK Covid vaccine contains an oil derived from sharks.

This is the case for the other NHS services not contain animal products, including eggs.

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