Urgent call for Essex residents to get booster jabs

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All over 40’s in Essex are being encouraged to ‘urgently’ get their booster jabs.

Cllr John Spence, who is responsible for Health and Adult Social Care in Essex said: “I am urging residents to please take up their booster vaccine as soon as possible. This is the most urgent priority in our fight against Covid-19 – we need to get boosters in the arms of everyone who is over 40 years old.

“One in six people in Essex over the age of 80, and one in 4 people over 70 have still yet to get their booster. Getting the booster means they are far less likely to suffer complications of the virus as their immunity from their first two doses starts to wane.”

Studies show after three months the immunity starts to slowly decrease and having a booster jab increases it back up to over 90%. This ensures people have a higher level of protection, especially during the winter months.

Who can get a booster jab?

• The over 40’s are now able to have their booster jab, as long as it’s been 6 months (182 days) after their second vaccination, which they can book after 5 months

How to get a booster jab?

• Pre-bookable appointments at large vaccination centres and some other sites (such as a community pharmacy): Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk).
• Walk-in clinics across Essex : Search – Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site (www.nhs.uk)
• Vaccination appointments at EPUT’s Vaccination Bus at Chelmsford City Racecourse on Saturday 27th November and Sunday 28th November: EPUT’s Big Vaccination Weekend – Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th November Tickets, Sat 27 Nov 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

If you’ve not had either Covid-19 jabs, it’s not too late to book them. Sixteen and seventeen year olds can also book their second dose.