The NHS recently announced its plans for the COVID-19 Spring booster programme, with invites being sent out now to those who are eligible. So, who is eligible and what does this mean for people with a brain tumour?
What is the Spring booster vaccine for COVID-19?
People who have previously been identified as being the most vulnerable with regards to catching COVID-19, will have been some of the first people to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, and will have received their most recent vaccine dose in September or October 2021. Because of this and due to the fact they are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection, it has been identified that they will need to receive a booster vaccine before Autumn in order to maintain their immunity against the virus. This should be administered around 6 months about the last vaccine dose.
Who is eligible?
People who are eligible for a Spring booster vaccine have been identified as:
- Adults aged 75 years and over
- Residents in a care home for older adults
- Individuals aged 12 years and over who have a weakened immune system and have previously been identified as being extremely clinically vulnerable with regards to COVID-19.
How do I get my booster?
If you are eligible for a Spring booster, then you will be contacted by the NHS and invited to book an appointment to have your vaccine. You can then book your appointment online through the NHS website.
I haven’t received my invite but think I should be eligible, who do I contact?
If you think you should be eligible for a Spring booster vaccine, but haven’t been contacted by the NHS, then you should get in touch with your GP or speak to your clinical team.
Will the Spring booster be available for people outside of the current eligibility criteria?
Currently no plans have made for a Spring booster vaccine for people outside of the current eligibility criteria. Everyone over the age of 5 is eligible for two initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with everyone between the age of 12-74 also eligible to receive a booster after the initial two doses.
Where can I find more information?
You can find more information about the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme here.