Health officials are asking people across B&NES who are currently eligible for a Covid-19 booster vaccination to wait to be contacted by the NHS.

It was announced by the Government earlier this month that people most at risk of falling seriously ill from Coronavirus, including all those aged over fifty, health and social care workers and people with weakened immune systems, would be offered a third

vaccine dose.

The region’s first batch of invitations, either in the form of a national letter or a call or text from a local GP practice, were sent over the weekend.

Those expecting to be contacted, but still waiting, are advised to be patient as the booster vaccine can only be given once a period of six months since the date of a person’s last vaccination has passed, with people who received their second dose early at three or four weeks being prioritised.

Gill May, Director of Nursing and Quality, said: “We know that many people are keen to keep their Covid-19 immunity topped up, and this is fantastic to see, but we do ask that those expecting a booster vaccine wait to be contacted.

“Our GP practices are incredibly busy at the moment, and we want to make sure their phone lines are only being used by those in genuine need of care or treatment.

“As was our message at the very start of the vaccination rollout, nobody will be left behind, and every person eligible for a booster vaccine will be contacted as soon as it is their turn.

“These booster vaccines will help to ensure those most susceptible to Covid-19 are kept safe during the winter, and I’d encourage everyone who is offered this third dose to come forward.”