Spring boooster

18/3/22

Vulnerable people in Bolton are to be offered a spring booster to “top up” their immunity against Covid-19.

Plans to offer all five to 11 year olds the Covid vaccine from April are also being finalised.

The spring booster vaccine will be offered to all over-75s, care home residents and over-12s who have a weakened immune system.

National guidance is that people should wait around six months from their last dose before having the spring booster to maximise effectiveness. People with a severely weakened immune system may be able to have it after three months.

Eligible people will be contacted by the NHS when it is their turn to have the booster.

Details of the spring booster programme, which is expected to start in the next few days and run until early summer, are being finalised. We will share more information as soon as we have it.

Until then, people are asked to bear with us. Our walk-in clinics are still accepting people requiring other doses of the vaccine. Please don’t contact your GP to ask about the spring booster so that phone lines are kept free for other health issues.

All five to 11 year olds will be able to get vaccinated from April to protect against serious complications of infection – including any future waves due to new variants.

Again, the details are being finalised and we will share them as soon as we have them.

Children in this age group who have certain health conditions or a weakened immune system can already get vaccinated. If they are eligible, parents and carers should have received an invitation to book an appointment for their child. Additionally, they can attend the walk-in vaccination clinics at Horwich RMI if they take along their NHS invitation.

Bolton parents who think their child is eligible, but have not received an invitation, should contact NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group on 01204 462125, 462157, 462028. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.

Dr Helen Wall, senior responsible officer for Bolton’s Covid-19 vaccination programme, said:  “Covid-19 is more serious in older people and those with a weakened immune system. Protection from the vaccine may be lower and may decline more quickly in these people which is why they are being offered a spring booster.

“Many people will be keen to get their spring booster. Please be assured that we will let eligible people know how they can take up this offer as soon as the details are finalised.

“Please also remember that if you are already eligible for a booster, it is never too late to get it. The same goes for your first or second doses! More than 144,000 people in Bolton have had their booster jabs but around 50,000 people are still to do so.

“The Covid vaccine, in particular the booster, offers the best protection against becoming seriously unwell, staying out of hospital and passing the virus on to others. Even if you have recently recovered from Covid, you still need a booster for extra protection.

“And if you are planning a holiday, you may also need a booster to visit certain countries.”

People are reminded:

  • The gap between first and second doses is eight weeks for over-18s.
  • For those aged 12 to 17, the gap between first and second doses is 12 weeks (eight weeks if they are at high risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid or live with someone more likely to get infections)
  • Over-16s can get their booster jab 12 weeks after their second dose.
  • Over-18s should wait 28 days after a positive Covid test or the start of symptoms to have any dose of the vaccine, while the wait is 12 weeks for under-18s.

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

Friday 18 March

Breightmet Health Centre, 12pm-7.30pm. Pfizer.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses.
Horwich RMI, 3pm-6pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses. First dose for at risk 5-11 year olds (NHS invitation required).
Hootons at Bolton Wanderers FC, 8.15am-12pm. Pfizer.
First, second and booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible
12-15 year olds first and second doses.
Market Place Shopping Centre, 10am-4pm. Pfizer.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Saturday 19 March

Breightmet Health Centre, 9am-4.30pm. Pfizer.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses.
Market Place Shopping Centre, 10am-4pm. Pfizer.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses.
Hootons at Bolton Wanderers FC, 9.15am-12.30pm. Pfizer.
First, second and booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible
12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Sunday 20 March

Horwich RMI, 10am-1pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses. First dose for at risk 5-11 year olds (NHS invitation required).
Breightmet Health Centre, 9am-4.30pm. Pfizer.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Monday 21 March

Market Place Shopping Centre, 10am-4pm. Pfizer.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses.
Horwich RMI, 4pm-6.30pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses. First dose for at risk 5-11 year olds (NHS invitation required).

Tuesday 22 March

Cohens Chemist, Halliwell Surgery, 9am-1pm and 2pm-5.30pm. Pfizer.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
Over-16s only.
Horwich RMI, 3pm-6pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses. First dose for at risk 5-11 year olds (NHS invitation required).

Wednesday 23 March

Breightmet Health Centre, 12pm-7.30pm. Pfizer.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses.
Market Place Shopping Centre, 10am-4pm. Pfizer.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses.
Horwich RMI, 4pm-6.30pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses. First dose for at risk 5-11 year olds (NHS invitation required).
Waters Meeting Health Centre, 4pm-6pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Thursday 24 March

Breightmet Health Centre, 12pm-7.30pm. Pfizer.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses.
Hootons at Bolton Wanderers FC, 2pm-5.30pm. Pfizer.
First, second and booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible
12-15 year olds first and second doses.
Horwich RMI, 4pm-6.30pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses. First dose for at risk 5-11 year olds (NHS invitation required).

Friday 25 March

Breightmet Health Centre, 12pm-7.30pm. Pfizer.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses.
Horwich RMI, 3pm-6pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses. First dose for at risk 5-11 year olds (NHS invitation required).
Hootons at Bolton Wanderers FC, 8.15am-12.30pm. Pfizer.
First, second and booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible
12-15 year olds first and second doses.
Market Place Shopping Centre, 10am-4pm. Pfizer.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Saturday 26 March

Breightmet Health Centre, 9am-4.30pm. Pfizer.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses.
Market Place Shopping Centre, 10am-4pm. Pfizer.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses.

Sunday 27 March

Breightmet Health Centre, 9am-4.30pm. Pfizer.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses.
Hootons at Bolton Wanderers FC, 8.15am-1.30pm. Pfizer.
First, second and booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible
12-15 year olds first and second doses.
Horwich RMI, 10am-1pm. Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
First, second & booster. Third/fourth doses if eligible.
12-15 year olds first and second doses. First dose for at risk 5-11 year olds (NHS invitation required).

Appointments

Stonehill Medical Centre
Appointments are available for patients of: Kearsley Medical Centre, Stonehill Medical Centre, Fig Tree Medical Practice, The Farnworth Family Practice (Dr Barua). Ring your GP.
Over-16s.

Assistance

Anyone requiring a vaccination can 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.

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.
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