The spring Covid-19 vaccination campaign has launched in Stockport with the latest jab offered to people most at risk from the virus. Those eligible in Stockport will be contacted by their GP practice to book an appointment and do not therefore need to contact their practice until they receive an invitation.
Anyone aged 75 and over, those with a weakened immune system, and older adult care home residents are all eligible, with people living in care homes being prioritised. Those invited should make sure their appointment takes place at least three months since their last vaccination.
There’s a choice of vaccination clinics across Stockport and Greater Manchester, including at GP practices and selected pharmacies. Eligible people can book an appointment now on the National Booking Service at nhs.uk/CovidVaccination, the NHS app or by calling 119 for free. Alternatively, they can wait for the invitation from their GP practice.
This latest offer organised by NHS Greater Manchester and Stockport Council, in collaboration with local pharmacies, will see the spring booster vaccination available to eligible residents until Friday, 30 June, 2023.
Ben Fryer, Interim Director of Public Health at Stockport Council, said: “I urge anyone who is eligible to come forward for their spring booster. Covid-19 continues to circulate with older people still the main group developing more severe illness and being hospitalised.
“Because immunity from previous vaccination and infection wanes in time, it’s important that those at greatest risk come forward and boost their protection.”
Following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the offer of first and second Covid-19 vaccinations for everyone who was aged 5 or above will also be available until Friday, 30 June. After that the NHS offer will become more targeted to those at increased risk, usually during seasonal Covid-19 vaccination campaigns.
Anyone who believes they should be eligible for a vaccine, but does not get invited, can check online on the National Booking Service. Alternatively, they can self-declare, via the National Booking Service, and then speak to a clinician on site.