Boosters will be available for those aged 50 and over, people living and working in care homes for the elderly, and frontline health and social care workers who had second dose at least 6 months ago
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More than 1.5 million people will begin getting their invites for Covid booster jabs tomorrow.
Texts and letters will tell them they can now book the top-up vax if they had their second dose at least six months ago.
Those eligible for boosters include anyone aged 50 and over, people living and working in care homes for the elderly, and frontline health and social care workers.
All those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and anyone aged 16 to 65 in an at-risk group for Covid (who were included in priority groups one to nine during the initial vaccine rollout) will also be eligible for a jab.
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Dr Nikki Kanani of the Covid vaccination programme said: “The NHS Covid vaccination programme has already prevented 24 million cases and saved more than 112,000 lives.
“As we head into winter we should not drop our guard.
“Getting a top-up vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from this cruel virus.”
Health Secretary Sajid Javid added: “Booster doses will protect the most vulnerable through the winter months.
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“I urge everyone who receives a letter or text to get their jab as soon as possible so we can strengthen the wall of defence across the country that each vaccine brings.”
More than 77 million arms have now been jabbed preventing an estimated 24 million infections and saving 112,000 lives.
Hospital hubs have already started vaccinating frontline health and care workers with third jabs.
Those who book boosters will get either the Pfizer vaccine or half a dose of Moderna.
People who receive an invitation can book their appointment at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination, and those who cannot go online can instead call 119.
Millions more invitations are to be issued in the coming days and weeks, NHS England said.
The NHS officially launched its coronavirus booster campaign on Thursday, with hospital hubs having begun jabbing frontline health and care workers.
NHS England said local health teams will prioritise care home residents and staff who are eligible and offer a booster jab by the beginning of November.