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More people can now get COVID booster jab!

22 November 2021

More people became eligible for COVID-19 vaccines today as the booster drive started accepting bookings for people in their forties.

All those people aged 40 to 49, who are double-vaccinated, can secure an appointment for their third jab for six months after their second dose.

They can do so via the NHS booking service website, or by calling 119.

Data shows the third dose tops-up protection against symptomatic COVID-19 to above 90 per cent.

Teenagers aged 16 and 17 – who previously were only eligible for one dose – can also now book their second COVID-19 vaccine.

Older teens will be given the second vaccine 12 weeks following their first jab. Second jabs can be booked on the NHS website.

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

“We know that protection from the vaccine does wane over time after the first two doses. Therefore, it is important that everyone eligible for a booster jab, gets one. The evidence is clear, the top up will help reduce the likelihood of having symptoms if you catch COVID-19. And, as we hurtle towards winter, the NHS needs us to do all we can to help reduce pressure on their services.

“Over the next few five weeks, we will all be making plans to see our friends and family. Therefore, I would urge everyone to get their vaccine whether their first, second or top-up dose as soon as possible, giving them and their loved ones vital protection over winter and the festive period."

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Updated: 22 November 2021