Boost your immunity this Spring and protect yourself against COVID-19

Boost your immunity this Spring and protect yourself against COVID-19

As the Spring booster COVID vaccination campaign in Oxfordshire moves ahead, people aged 75 and over and those who are immunosuppressed are urged to get their jab.

Since the Spring boosters started on 21 March, more than 13,500 eligible people across the county have received their jab, and the NHS in Oxfordshire is encouraging more people to come forward when they receive their invitation.

Spring booster jabs are available through the national booking service at various sites across Oxfordshire, including GP-led sites, community pharmacies and the large vaccination centre at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford. To book visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk) or call 119 free from mobiles and landlines. Lines are open every day from 8am to 8pm, and 119 can provide support in 200 languages.

Local NHS teams are contacting care homes, as they have done previously, to arrange for Spring boosters for residents who are eligible. 

Dr Ed Capo-Bianco, South Oxfordshire GP and Portfolio Clinical Director at Oxfordshire CCG, said: “A booster jab against COVID-19 is really important for those people who are most at risk from becoming seriously ill or could end up in hospital if they get the virus.

With the Easter school break and bank holiday coming up, it’s important to remember that COVID is still very much in circulation, and we should do all we can to protect ourselves and those around us. That’s why anyone eligible for boosters is urged to take up the offer.”

Recent research from the UK Health Security Agency has shown that the NHS booster programme has helped prevent around 157,000 hospitalisations since mid-December.

Despite this, hospitals across England have treated more than 100,000 patients with COVID since the start of the Omicron wave.

Published: 16 April 2022