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Get your flu and Covid jabs at Leicester’s Bonfire Night celebrations

4th November 2021 | By Liz McCann | Posted in

People who have purchased a ticket to attend Leicester’s Bonfire Night celebrations in Abbey Park this Saturday (6 November) are being urged to get their flu and Covid-19 vaccinations at the event.

Vaccinators from the Belgrave Pharmacy will be on site inside a mobile vaccination vehicle marked LOROS Local, between 5pm and 9pm vaccinating people aged 16 and above who are eligible for a flu or Covid jab.

Pfizer doses 1 and 2 will be available along with the booster jab. A 3rd primary dose will also be available but people will need to bring proof of their eligibility for this dose.

Caroline Trevithick Executive Director of Nursing and Quality Performance and Deputy Chief Executive at Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs, said: “If you are attending the Bonfire Night celebrations this weekend, please spare a few minutes to get vaccinated if you haven’t already done so.

“It’s more important than ever that you and your loved ones are protected against Covid-19 and flu. If you still haven’t had your Covid-19 vaccination, it’s not too late and if you’re eligible for the flu vaccination and a Covid jab, it is perfectly safe to have both at the same time.

“Enjoy the celebrations and stay safe this winter by getting vaccinated.”

This year anyone aged 50+ is able to have a free flu vaccine, as well as carers, pregnant women and adults with health conditions which make them vulnerable to flu.

People aged 50 and over, health and care workers or people aged 16 and over who have certain health conditions are all eligible for the COVID-19 booster vaccine, which helps people who have been double-jabbed retain their immunity. This can be given as long as it is six months or more since their second dose. Please bring proof of eligibility for the third dose, to show that this is now due.

Third doses are ‘top-up’ doses for anyone who was severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second dose. People will be contacted if they are eligible and the third dose should be given no sooner than eight weeks after the second dose.

Information on the COVID-19 and flu vaccines can be found on the national NHS website at: www.nhs.uk/wintervaccinations and local information can be found at https://bit.ly/LLRVacBook

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