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Network of vaccination sites planned for Nottinghamshire Covid booster programme

A new Nottinghamshire network of Covid vaccination sites is being planned ahead of the launch of a “life-saving” new booster jab campaign.

People who remain most vulnerable to the virus will be encouraged to take up a fourth Covid-19 vaccine jab once it becomes available next month.

NHS bosses  say the roll out will start in September, prioritising those most at risk from the virus.

The national booking service, used by millions at the height of the pandemic, will re-open on September 5, with jabs starting a week later.

This will initially be open to over-75s and frontline health and social care workers, with the oldest and most vulnerable to be called forward first.

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It will eventually roll out to everyone aged 50 and above as well as pregnant women and people with long-term health conditions.

People will be able to access the booster provided at least three months have passed since their last dose, with a network of vaccination centres to again become operational this autumn.

Residents aged 50 and above will also be encouraged to take up the flu jab alongside the Covid booster. The flu vaccine will be available via community pharmacies and GP surgeries.

Amanda Sullivan, chief executive of NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire said: “When the time comes, I would strongly encourage anyone who is invited to take up both an autumn booster and flu jab, to do so as quickly as possible.

“It will give you maximum protection this winter. Our staff have been working very hard to prepare and a number of vaccination sites across the city and county will be able to be booked from September 5 onwards.

“Vaccination against Covid-19 is our best defence against becoming very unwell and we have already seen what a difference this has made within our own hospitals.

“I would urge all those who are eligible to book in for a jab to make sure they have topped up their immunity ahead of this winter.”

The NHS confirmed it is currently drawing up a site list for all vaccination centres in the city and county.

This is expected to be finalised in the coming days.

It has also confirmed people will be contacted directly when it is their turn to receive the Covid jab, with residents encouraged not to contact the NHS about their eligibility.

The previous three phases of the Covid jab have seen millions of doses administered to residents in the city and county.

Government figures show 1.8 million jabs have been given across Nottinghamshire, with 519,687 people currently fully vaccinated with all three doses as of August 17.

This equates to 68 per cent of all eligible residents, with 85.9 per cent of the population having received one dose and 82.8 per cent receiving two doses of the jab.

In Nottingham city, 578,547 jabs have been administered in total, with 146,261 people, or 45.4 per cent of the population, getting all three doses.

Slightly less than 70 per cent of residents have received at least one dose, while 64.6 per cent of people in the city have taken up two doses of the vaccine.

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