Find out about the booster vaccine to top up your protection against Covid-19 and how to get it in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Eligible people, who had their second Covid jab at least six months ago, are being invited for a top up vaccination to boost their protection.
The booster programme is delivered through existing vaccination sites including pharmacies, hospital hubs, GP practices and vaccine centres. People don’t have to go back to the same place where they received their first two doses.
In line with JCVI advice people will receive either one dose of the Pfizer vaccine or half a dose of the Moderna vaccine, even if they had the AstraZeneca vaccine for their first and second doses. At the start of the booster programme it will only be the Pfizer vaccine that is available locally.
Those who are eligible include:
People will be invited for their vaccine in the same priority order as at the beginning of the programme but will not be able to book a vaccine until a minimum of 6 months has passed since their second dose. Care home residents and staff will be prioritised.
Rutland residents will now receive their vaccinations at a new vaccination service in Oakham Enterprise Park, provided by Mr Pickford’s Pharmacy.
Melton residents will be invited for their vaccinations at Melton Sports Village, initially as pop-up clinics until the permanent provider is confirmed.
Patients registered with Northfield Medical Centre in South Blaby will receive their vaccinations at the Kube, Leicester Racecourse. Lutterworth patients registered with the Masharani Practice will receive their vaccinations at Feilding Palmer Hospital.
Health and Social Care workers can book their vaccinations at the Hospital Hubs and Community Pharmacies via the National Booking Service. They can also get their vaccinations from their GP vaccinations service or at dedicated clinics arranged by their employing organisation.
While the booster programme is being rolled out, anyone who has yet to have any of their vaccinations, or needs their second dose, can continue to do so.
Why do I need the booster vaccine?
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.
Like some other vaccines, levels of protection may begin to wane over time. This booster dose will help extend the protection you gained from your first two doses and give you longer term protection. The booster will help to reduce the risk of you needing admission to hospital due to COVID-19 infection this winter.