Booster for over 40s after three months

10/12/2021

Eligible people can now get their Covid-19 booster jab three months after their second dose.

The gap between doses has been reduced from six months in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant of the virus in the UK.

People aged 40 and over can now attend walk-in clinics in Bolton if it has been three months since their second dose. The can also book an appointment on the National Booking Service or by calling 119.

Further announcements on the next cohort are expected next week, to include people from age 30.

This week’s walk-in vaccination offer includes a pop-up clinic at Pikes Lane Health Centre from 10.30am-3pm on Sunday, December 12.

Additionally, the vaccination bus will be at:

  • Bolton Market, 10am-4pm. Saturday December 11.
  • New Bury UCAN, 10am-4pm, Tuesday, December 14.
  • Bolton Interchange, 10am-4pm, Saturday, December 18.

The bus is weather permitting and is for over-16s only. It has wheelchair access.

Dr Helen Wall, senior responsible officer for the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Bolton, urged people to get jabbed in time for Christmas.

She said: “The science suggests that if you have a booster jab, you significantly increase your protection against Covid. Many people ask me why do they need yet another dose - for inactivated vaccines like these, it’s not unusual to need three or more doses to bolster your protection. Each time you are vaccinated your immune system gets stronger against Covid, a bit like training and building up a muscle.

“From what we know so far, Omicron seems to be more transmissible than previous coronavirus variants. That’s why we want to get as many people fully protected as soon as possible.

“Please don’t think it’s ‘job done’ if you’ve had your first and second dose – it’s essential that you get your booster. I would also urge those who haven’t had their first or second doses yet to do so. It is never too late!

“The run up to Christmas is a busy time for many people and getting vaccinated might not be top of their ‘to-do’ list; but, it doesn’t take long and our walk-in clinics offer a range of locations and times – including late-night opening.

“It’s the best way to protect yourself, your family, friends and colleagues from coronavirus this Christmas.”

Preparations to offer a booster jab to everyone aged 18 and over are underway. Until then, please don’t attend a walk-in clinic for your booster unless you are already eligible. Those who are currently eligible include people aged 40 and over, health and care workers and some over 16s.

Bolton’s walk-in vaccination clinics for the week ahead:

Friday, December 10

  • Market Place Shopping Centre, 8.30am-5.30pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster and third dose.12-15 year olds 4pm-5.30pm.
  • Hootons Pharmacy at Bolton Wanderers, 8.15am-7pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster, and 12-15 year olds.
  • Breightmet Health Centre, 12pm-3pm & 4.30pm-7.30pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster, and third dose. Over 16s only.
  • Horwich RMI, 1pm-5.30pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca. First and second doses, booster, third dose, and 12-15 year olds.

Saturday, December 11

  • Tonge Moor Health Centre, 10am-4.30pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster and third dose. Over 16s only.
  • Market Place Shopping Centre, 8.30am-5.30pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster, third dose, and 12-15 year olds.
  • Horwich RMI, 9am-2pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca. First and second doses, booster, third dose, and 12-15 year olds.
  • Vaccination bus Bolton Market, 10am-4pm. Pfizer. Weather permitting. Over-16s only. First and second doses, booster and third dose
  • Hootons Pharmacy at Bolton Wanderers, 8.15am-5.45pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster, and 12-15 year olds.
  • Breightmet Health Centre, 9am-12pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster, and third dose. Over 16s only.

Sunday, December 12

  • Horwich RMI, 10am-3pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca. First and second doses, booster, third dose, and 12-15 year olds.
  • Breightmet Health Centre, 9am-12pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster, and third dose. Over 16s only.
  • Pikes Lane Health Centre, 10.30am-3pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca. First and second doses, booster, and third dose. Over-16s only

Monday, December 13

  • Horwich RMI, 1pm-7.45pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca. First and second doses, booster, third dose, and 12-15 year olds.
  • Market Place Shopping Centre, 8.30am-5.30pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster and third dose. 12-15 year olds 4pm-5.30pm.

Tuesday, December 14

  • Vaccination bus New Bury UCAN, 10am-4pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster, and third doses. Weather permitting. Over-16s only.
  • Market Place Shopping Centre, 8.30am-5.30pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster and third dose. 12-15 year olds 4pm-5.30pm.
  • Horwich RMI, 1pm-6pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca. First and second doses, booster, third dose, and 12-15 year olds.

Wednesday, December 15

  • Horwich RMI, 1pm-5.45pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca. First and second doses, booster, third dose, and 12-15 year olds.
  • Breightmet Health Centre, 12pm-3pm & 4.30pm-7.30pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster, and third dose. Over 16s only.
  • Market Place Shopping Centre, 8.30am-5.30pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster and third dose. 12-15 year olds 4pm-5.30pm.
  • Hootons Pharmacy at Bolton Wanderers, 8.15am-7.45pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster, and 12-15 year olds.

Thursday, December 16

  • Horwich RMI, 1pm-6.45pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca. First and second doses, booster, third dose, and 12-15 year olds.
  • Breightmet Health Centre, 12pm-3pm & 4.30pm-7.30pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster, and third dose. Over 16s only.
  • Market Place Shopping Centre, 8.30am-5.30pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster and third dose. 12-15 year olds 4pm-5.30pm.
  • Hootons Pharmacy at Bolton Wanderers, 8.15am-7.45pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster, and 12-15 year olds.
  • Tonge Moor Health Centre, 9.30am-1pm & 1.30pm-5pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster and third dose. Over 16s only.

Friday, December 17

  • Breightmet Health Centre, 12pm-3pm & 4.30pm-7.30pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster, and third dose. Over 16s only.
  • Market Place Shopping Centre, 8.30am-5.30pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster and third dose. 12-15 year olds 4pm-5.30pm.
  • Hootons Pharmacy at Bolton Wanderers, 8.15am-7.45pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster, and 12-15 year olds.

Saturday, December 18

  • Breightmet Health Centre, 9am-12pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster, and third dose. Over 16s only.
  • Market Place Shopping Centre, 8.30am-5.30pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster, third dose, and 12-15 year olds.
  • Vaccination bus Bolton Interchange, 10am-4pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster, and third doses. Weather permitting. Over-16s only.

Sunday, December 19

  • Horwich RMI, 8am-4.45pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca. First and second doses, booster, third dose, and 12-15 year olds.
  • Breightmet Health Centre, 9am-12pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm. Pfizer. First and second doses, booster, and third dose. Over 16s only.

The following applies at all vaccination sites:

  • Face coverings are required unless exempt.
  • If you have your NHS number handy it will help speed up the process, but it isn’t essential
  • AstraZeneca is for people aged 40 and over
  • First and second doses should be a minimum of eight weeks apart (12 weeks for under 18s).
  • Booster dose should be a minimum of three months after second dose if currently eligible
  • All booster doses are Pfizer unless advised otherwise for medical reasons
  • Third dose for people with weakened immune system should be as soon as eight weeks after second dose. NHS letter required
  • 12-15 year olds must be accompanied by a parent/carer to give consent.

Anyone requiring a second, third or booster dose can also contact NHS Bolton CCG for help on: 01204 462125, 462157, 462028. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Bolton callers only.

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