Maternity support worker helps launch NHS Covid recall campaign

A maternity support worker has spoken of her joy after becoming one of the first people in the UK to receive a Covid-19 booster shot.

Catherine Cargill, who works at Croydon University Hospital in south London, said the vaccination allowed her to continue working, studying and spending time with her family.

The NHS officially launched its coronavirus recall campaign on Thursday, which will see millions of eligible people offered a Pfizer vaccine, or in some cases a half-dose of Moderna.

People receiving a Covid-19 booster vaccine, administered at Croydon University Hospital (Dominic Lipinski / PA)

They include frontline NHS and social services staff, anyone aged 50 and over, and people under the age of 50 with health conditions that put them at risk of severe Covid.

People are likely to be offered their booster injection in the same order of priority as that established in the initial vaccination campaign.

Ms Cargill said, “I just got my booster shot, my Pfizer shot, and got it before the winter season to make sure I was protected, to make sure I can keep working, I got it. can continue to spend time with my family, so I can continue my studies.

“I would really encourage you to take your booster shot when prompted to do so. “

People in England aged 50 and over eligible for Covid-19 recall
(PA Graphics)

Hospitals have started immunizing health and primary care workers in Wales and England, as well as identifying eligible patients, with local immunization services led by GPs to be monitored in the coming years. days.

GPs were told they could administer the winter flu vaccine at the same time if stocks allowed, although they should not delay administration of either vaccine.

Other vaccination centers and sites run by community pharmacies will join the recall campaign in England from next week and continue vaccination throughout the winter.

In accordance with guidelines set out by the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI), people will not receive a vaccination booster until at least six months after receiving their second dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

Coronavirus booster jab clinic
Pfizer jab can be given as a third dose even if people originally received two doses of AstraZeneca (Dominic Lipinski / PA)

The PA news agency’s analysis of government data shows that just over 900,000 people in England aged 50 and over are currently at least six months after receiving their second dose of the vaccine, which means that they are eligible for a recall.

This number will reach 2.7 million in early October and 10.4 million in early November.

Pfizer jab can be given as a third dose even if people initially received two doses of AstraZeneca.

NHS England said people will be contacted as they become eligible, via a call or text from a site run by GP or via the National Booking Service, which will begin issuing invitations to starting next week.

However, some of the members of the initial nine priority groups will not be eligible for a follow-up jab until the New Year.

Coronavirus graph
(PA Graphics)

Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and Deputy Head of the Covid Vaccination Program, said: ‘Along with one of our busiest summers in the NHS, our hardworking staff have also been preparing to implement the fall recall program, to further protect health care and social services. caregivers and those most exposed to the virus.

“Now that the decision has been made by the JCVI, and once the relevant controls are in place, the NHS will invite you for your booster vaccination.

“There is no need to contact the NHS – we will contact you when it is your turn to receive your booster shot – at least six months after your last dose.

“The rapid preparations by staff to prepare for recalls follows our largest vaccination campaign in healthcare history, which delivered more than 77 million vaccines across the country.

“Getting the vaccine remains the best way to protect yourself and those around you from Covid – so please show up for that extra protection when prompted.”

Health and Social Affairs Secretary Sajid Javid said: ‘It’s great to see the first booster jabs being rolled out today – thanks to the phenomenal efforts of the NHS who continue to work tirelessly to help us to fight Covid-19 and protect the most vulnerable.

“We know vaccines save lives and with every blow our wall of defense across the country rises, with over 112,300 lives saved and over 24 million cases averted in England alone.

“I urge all who are eligible to come forward for their booster when prompted, to extend the protection the vaccine provides to those most at risk as the winter months approach.”

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