Mid Worcestershire MP Nigel Huddleston is urging all eligible constituents to take advantage of the NHS winter vaccine programme.
In light of the latest expert advice and the emergence of the new COVID-19 variant, BA.2.86, the NHS has brought forward its COVID and flu vaccination programme.
The programme, which starts with the vaccination of residents in older adult care homes and housebound individuals, aims to prioritise those most vulnerable to COVID-19 and flu.
From 18 September onwards, other eligible groups will also be invited to receive their vaccines.
Commenting on the announcement, Nigel Huddleston MP, said:
"I encourage every eligible constituent to get their jabs as soon as they can. Vaccinations allow us to protect our loved ones and the vulnerable members of our community.”
Emphasising the urgency, Steve Russell, NHS Director of Vaccinations and Screening, said:
“With concerns arising over new covid variants, it’s vital we adapt the programme and bring it forward for those most at risk, and so I strongly urge everyone eligible to come forward as soon as they can for this important protection in colder months.”
Reinforcing the importance of the vaccination, Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said:
“Older people and those in clinical risk groups remain at highest risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
“The vaccine continues to provide the best protection against serious illness and hospitalisation from COVID-19, so please make sure you get vaccinated when offered and encourage loved ones who are eligible to do the same.”
Last year, the NHS administered over 21 million flu vaccinations and more than 17 million COVID-19 jabs, demonstrating the success of previous vaccination campaigns. Earlier this year, NHS England reported that over 86 million COVID vaccination appointments were scheduled using the NHS's national online booking system since its launch two years ago.
Booking your vaccination appointments is easy and convenient, with options to book through the NHS website, the NHS App, or by calling 119.