The medical director for primary care in the NHS region has called upon eligible individuals to come forward and receive their spring booster before the conclusion of the seasonal vaccination campaign at the end of this month. To date, the NHS has successfully administered over 620,000 Covid spring booster vaccinations to residents of the North East and Yorkshire.

Approximately one million people across the region meet the criteria to receive the booster in accordance with the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). This includes individuals with weakened immune systems, older adults residing in care homes, and those aged 75 and above.

Dr Faisel Baig, a general practitioner and the Regional Medical Director for Primary Care for NHS North East and Yorkshire, expressed satisfaction with the progress made during the spring campaign. He stated, “With just a few weeks remaining in the spring campaign, it’s encouraging to see that over 620,000 people in our region have come forward to receive the booster and maintain their protection against Covid-19.”

Dr. Baig further urged individuals who are due for a vaccination but have not yet availed themselves of the opportunity to do so as soon as possible. Appointments can be booked online or through the NHS App.

Dr. Baig explained that the spring vaccine offer specifically targets those at higher risk from the Covid-19 virus. He emphasised that certain health conditions and treatments might result in a weakened immune system, and advised individuals to seek advice from a pharmacist, a member of their GP team, or their specialist if they are unsure about their eligibility.

Individuals who believe they meet the criteria for vaccination can check their eligibility online. Alternatively, they can self-declare via the National Booking Service and subsequently consult with a clinician on site.

Across England, there are more than 2,500 vaccination sites, with the majority of appointments being administered within communities by pharmacies and GP teams.

Moreover, Friday, 30 June, marks the final opportunity for individuals who have not yet received their first or second Covid jab to come forward. After this date, the NHS will transition to a targeted seasonal offer for those at higher risk.