NHS rolls out new variant Covid vaccine as virus continues to kill 100 a week

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People aged 75 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, and those aged six months and over with a weakened immune system will be offered a dose of COVID-19 vaccine

The NHS has begun administering booster jabs of the Covid vaccine as the virus continues to claim 100 lives a week in England.

The jab will be offered to those aged 75 and above, residents in care homes for the elderly, and individuals aged six months and over with compromised immune systems. Appointments will be scheduled between now and June, prioritising those at highest risk. If you’re turning 75 between April and June, there’s no need to wait until your birthday – you can get vaccinated when called upon.

You may receive an offer for the vaccine from your GP, or you can book through the NHS app on Apple or Android devices. You can also locate your nearest walk-in vaccination site via the NHS website. Those receiving the jab will be given a booster dose of a vaccine produced by Pfizer or Moderna and approved in the UK. These vaccines have been updated from their original versions to target different COVID-19 variants.

The updated vaccines provide slightly higher levels of antibodies against more recent strains of COVID-19, such as Omicron, reports Bristol Live. Recent data from the UK Health Security Agency indicates a slight rise in the number of Covid cases, with over 100 deaths in the last week of March.

However, these statistics won’t be updated until May due to changes in the Government’s reporting of Covid figures.

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