Senior health chiefs are urging all elgible people to get their booster jabs to prevent help boost immunity after the discovery of a new Covid variant.
Categorised a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Omicron variant, first detected in South Africa, can spread between people who are fully vaccinated.
While scientists are still gathering data on its effects, it is feared the new strain could reduce the protection offered by existing vaccines.
As such, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is now extending the booster vaccination programme to allow all adults in the UK to get a top up dose to try and minimise a rise in infections.
People can get vaccinated at hundreds of walk-in sites across England without an appointment. Those eligible can use the NHS online walk-in finder to find their closest site.
You can currently get a booster jab at walk-in clinics in Birmingham.
We’ve taken a look at where people in Birmingham. This list was updated on Wednesday, 1 December.
Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine
All adults between the age of 18 and 39 will be offered a booster dose, under new JCVI guidance.
The jabs will be rolled out in order of descending age groups, with priority to be given to older adults and those in an at-risk group.
Those aged 40 and over are currently already eligible to get a booster vaccine. A top-up dose will also be offered to people aged 16 years old and over with a severely weakened immune system.
Guidance states that boosters should be given no sooner than three months after people have received their second jab, halving the previous six month wait between doses.
Those who are severely immunosuppressed should be offered a booster jab no sooner than three months after completing their primary course of three doses.
Booster doses will be rolled out in order of descending age groups and should be given no sooner than three months after the second jab.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the NHS will start inviting people to book an appointment “at the appropriate time”, with guidance due to be set out “in the next few days”.
In England, people should receive a letter or a text inviting them to book their booster vaccine dose when they are eligible. Once you have been invited to book, you can do so online via the NHS national booking system.
If you have had a positive Covid-19 test, you will need to wait four weeks before booking your booster from the date you had the test.
Those eligible can also visit a walk-in clinic at sites close to them.
You can get your booster dose at a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site if you had your 2nd dose at least 6 months ago and you are:
- aged 40 and over
- aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19 – you’ll need to bring your letter inviting you to get your booster dose or a letter from your doctor about your health condition
Here’s where you can get a booster jab in the region today at mobile and walk-in clinics:
- Green Lane vaccination centre, Green Lane, Small Heath
- Nechells Pharmacy, Nechells Park Road
- Green Lane Mosque, 20 Green Lane, Small Heath
- Moseley Community Hub (former Moseley School of Art), Moseley Road, Balsall Heath
- Masjid Al Falaah, 32 Trinity Road, Handsworth
- Kingstanding Circle Surgery, Rough Road
- Hall Green Library, Stratford Road, Birmingham
- Nechells Pharmacy, Nechells Park Road
- Washwood Heath, 4 Clodeshal Road, Alum Rock
- City Hospital Cardiac Rehab Gym, Dudley Road
- City Road Methodist Church, Smethwick
- Matthew Boulton Second Floor, Nechells
- Ladywood Pharmacy, King Edward’s Road
- Vaccine Hub - City Hospital
- Nucare Pharmacy - Victoria Road, Aston
- Nishkam Pharmacy - Soho Road, Handsworth
- African Caribbean Millennium Centre, Dudley Road, Winson Green
- Co-Chem Pharmacy, Heathfield Road, Handsworth
- Shree Geeta Bhawan Temple, Handsworth
- Co-Chem Pharmacy, Healthfield Road Handsworth
PM urges eligible people to get boosters
The Prime Minister said vaccines and boosters are our ‘best line of defence’.
Boris Johnson said: “The measures taking effect today (30 November) are proportionate and responsible, and will buy us time in the face of this new variant.
“Based on everything we know, our vaccines and boosters remain our best line of defence, so it is more important than ever that people come forward when eligible to get boosted.
“Not only will today’s steps help us slow down the variant’s spread, but they will help us protect each other and the gains we have all worked so hard for.”
Health Secretary Sajid Javid, said:“I strongly urge everybody who is eligible for a Covid-19 booster or flu vaccine to take up the offer as soon as you can. For those not yet eligible, please help your parents, grandparents or vulnerable loved ones get their jabs - it could save their life.
“We know immunity begins to wane after six months, especially for the elderly and the vulnerable, and booster vaccines will top-up their protection to keep people safe over the winter.
“And if you haven’t yet had your first and second vaccines, it is not too late - the NHS will always be there to welcome you with open arms.
“This truly is a national mission. If we all come together and play our part, we can get through this challenging winter, avoid a return to restrictions and enjoy Christmas.”
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