A pair of hands in blue gloves drawing up a vaccine in to a needle, with a blurred, masked person in scrubs in the background.
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The NHS is encouraging people to come forward for their spring booster ahead of the seasonal campaign coming to a close at the end of June.

Friday, June 30 is also the last chance for those yet to have their first or second Covid vaccine dose to come forward. After this, the NHS is moving to a targeted seasonal offer for those at increased risk from Covid-19, which continues to spread and make some people very ill.

There are thousands of appointments available over the next four weeks, at doctors’ surgeries, pharmacies and in community venues, making it easier than ever to get protected.

Around 243,000 people are eligible for a spring vaccine with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice – the committee that advises UK health departments on immunisation – which includes people aged 75 and over, people aged five and over with weakened immune systems and older adult care home residents.

Anyone aged 5 or over who has not had a first Covid-19 vaccination, or had a first more than 56 days ago (84 days for age five-18 years) and requires a second, can also come in and get their vaccines up to date.

Dr Helen Wall, Clinical Director for Population Health, NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care, said: “Many of those offered the vaccine this spring have now had this extra protection, but for those we haven’t seen yet there is less than a month to come forward. After that Covid-19 vaccinations will not be available to the wider population until later this year, and then they must be eligible.

“If you have had only one Covid vaccine so far, or none at all, it is not too late. You can get vaccinated quickly and easily until June 30, after which the offer will become more targeted, like the regular flu vaccine.

“Please make the most of the weeks ahead by protecting yourself from Covid before the offer ends.”

If you are eligible for a spring booster or a first or second vaccination, you can make a booking by using the NHS App or visiting nhs.uk/CovidVaccination. If you can’t get online, you can call 119 for free.

Some areas also offer convenient walk-in vaccinations – to find out what is available, visit nhs.uk/vaccine-walk-in.

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