Booster jabs for Covid-19 are set to be rolled out across Somerset this month.
The NHS in Somerset will commence the next stage of its vaccination programme on April 17, when its Spring booster programme will target the most vulnerable.
More than 80,000 people across Somerset are eligible for the boosters, including over 75s, older adult care home residents, and the immunocompromised.
Professor Trudi Grant, Somerset’s Director of Public Health said:
“Although life has returned to some normality since the height of the pandemic, I want to remind Somerset residents that Covid is still circulating and can cause serious illness and hospitalisation for our older population and those with weakened immune systems.
"If you are eligible for the booster this Spring, please take up the opportunity to boost your protection.”
Caroline Upton, Head of Nursing and Quality for NHS Somerset Covid Programme said:
“It is very easy to book an appointment at one of our clinics. Vaccinations are being offered through a mix of GP surgeries and vaccination centres and we have plenty of available appointments in Somerset. "Because this vaccination is geared towards the more vulnerable, we are asking friends, family and neighbours to consider reaching out to support their loved ones by helping them make their appointments, and if possible, support them in getting to the clinic. The average appointment takes less than 15 minutes.”