On Friday 17 September GP practices in Ely kick started the booster programme in our area. In line with JCVI advice, the practices are now vaccinating those eligible starting with health and social care frontline staff today, with visits scheduled to vaccinate local Care Home residents early next week.
Further roll out across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for all those eligible will follow with the booster vaccination programme set to be delivered through our hospital hubs, existing large scale vaccination sites, selected pharmacies and GP vaccination centres.
Dr Anthony Gunstone, local Ely GP and clinical lead for the Vaccination programme, said: “Protecting our most vulnerable remains our priority and we’re pleased we can now offer our local community the opportunity to receive the COVID booster.”
“We delivered our first COVID vaccine last December and with thanks to our amazing staff and volunteers we have vaccinated over 85,000 people over the last 10 months.
“We will be offering the booster to those eligible and at least six months after their second vaccination and patients will be contact either by your GP practice or the National Booking Service when it is your turn.”
The COVID booster programme will be rolled out to the same priority groups as previously. This means care home residents, health and social care workers, people aged over 50, those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, adult carers, and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals will be prioritised.
The booster vaccine will be offered at least six months after a second vaccination and people will get a call or text from their local GP-led site to get the jab, or will be invited by the National Booking Service, which will start issuing invitations from next week.
Dr Gary Howsam, CCG Clinical Chair said “We have been busy preparing for the delivery of boosters to eligible local people and are on track to ensure successful roll out across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
“Getting the vaccine remains the best way to protect yourself and those around you from COVID – so please do come forward for this top up of protection when you are invited.”