The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has today announced its advice on who will be eligible to receive a Covid-19 booster vaccine later this year.
The following groups will be eligible to have the COVID-19 booster vaccine:
Residents in a care home for older adults
All adults aged 65 years and over
Persons aged 6 months to 64 years in a clinical risk group
Frontline health and social care workers
Persons aged 12 to 64 years who are household contacts (as defined in the Green Book) of people with immunosuppression
Persons aged 16 to 64 years who are carers (as defined in the Green Book) and staff working in care homes for older adults.
The aim is for the autumn vaccination programme to be completed, early December 2023 and offer the highest level of protection for the winter months.
Last years' programme which ended on 20 February 2023, delivered vaccines to around 73% of people aged 65 to 70 years in England and nearly 84% of those aged over 80.
If you have any questions about this years' booster vaccination programme, you are advised to speak to your GP or local healthcare professional.
The Green Book - COVID-19 chapter referred to above, can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1153300/Greenbook-chapter-14a-26April2023.pdf