Covid-19 spring booster vaccination programme set to launch in April

Older man sat down being vaccinated by female vaccination staff member

The Covid-19 spring booster vaccination will launch in Lincolnshire and across the rest of the country this month.

From 3rd April, vaccination teams will take the covid-19 spring boosters out to local care homes for older adults, to vaccinate residents.  Two weeks later the rollout will be widened to include people aged 75 and over, as well as individuals aged five years and over who are immunosuppressed.

Running until the 30th June 2023, this latest part of the covid-19 vaccination programme will boost protection against covid-19 for those people most at risk.

“We will be offering the spring booster between 17th April and 30th June, with those at highest risk being invited to come and see us first,” explains Karen Hewinson, Head of Clinical Services, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.

“As with previous rounds of the covid-19 vaccination programme, eligible people will be called forwards and will be able to book an appointment via the National Booking Service from 5th April, or alternatively can opt to wait until they are contacted by their GP practice.

“And please bear in mind that, with the spring boosters, assuming you are eligible you will be able to get your vaccination from 17th April to 30th June and not beyond this point.  This 11 week window will apply across the country, irrespective of where you choose to have your spring booster.”

In line with the spring booster campaign running until the end of June, the current offer of 1st and 2nd (primary) doses of the covid-19 vaccination for everyone aged five and over will also come to an end at the same time on 30th June.

“So with both the spring booster and the 1st and 2nd primary doses our message is clear – if you are eligible for either and would like to be vaccinated, please don’t leave it too late to have your vaccination and top up your protection,” adds Karen.

In a key development for Lincolnshire, the vaccination team will be operating from a new site in Wainfleet, which, alongside the Weighing Rooms in Lincoln, and GP and community pharmacy sites across the county, will offer the spring boosters from 17th April onwards.

“We’re delighted to be able to open in Wainfleet and we’ll be operating out of the former Wainfleet Medical Practice premises on William Way.  This new vaccination centre will operate just like our other sites across Lincolnshire, and we hope it will give people, particularly those on the east coast, greater choice,” notes Karen.

For more information on the forthcoming covid-19 spring boosters, including who’s eligible and where to get vaccinated visit our Grab a Jab page.

Published 01/04/2023