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Final few weeks of Covid booster campaign

by Julie Griffiths
7 June 2023

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There is under a month left of the seasonal Covid booster campaign before the NHS moves to a more targeted approach, NHS England has said.  

Just under half of those eligible are still to come forward for their booster through the NHS programme.

The spring campaign will end on Friday 30 June. This is also the last date for those yet to have their first or second covid vaccine dose to come forward.

After this, the NHS is moving to a targeted seasonal offer for those at increased risk.

NHS England said that to date, over 3.6 million people – more than half of those eligible – have had a spring booster.

The Covid booster campaign kicked off on 3 April in adult care homes and roving NHS teams have now visited around nine in 10 care homes.

Others eligible for a spring dose have been vaccinated since 17 April.

Around 6.6 million are eligible in line with advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which includes people aged 75 and over, people aged five and over with weakened immune systems and older adult care home residents.

But anyone who has had only one Covid vaccine – or none at all – can also come forward until the end of June.

NHS director of vaccinations and screening Steve Russell said: ‘You can get vaccinated quickly and easily until 30 June, after which the offer will become more targeted, like the regular flu vaccine.’

In April, the routine asymptomatic Covid testing of NHS staff and patients ended across all parts of health and social care, alongside all PCR Covid testing outside NHS settings.