COVID-19: NHS booking site to update in days as coronavirus recall program accelerates

COVID-19: NHS booking site to update in days as coronavirus recall program accelerates

The acceleration of COVID recall jabs in England will happen no later than December 13, NHS bosses have said.

From this date, or before, the online reservation system for coronavirus vaccines will be updated to allow people to reserve their booster dose three months after their second dose.

He comes after the prime minister Boris Johnson accepted expert advice to reduce the wait time for a booster dose from six months to three months, following the discovery of the Variante Omicron.

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The government has since set itself the goal of providing COVID reminder jab to all adults in England by end of January.

In a letter to local health officials, NHS England chiefs outlined plans to speed up the recall program in the coming weeks.

They said that, in accordance with the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), “the NHS will offer vaccination in decreasing age groups, with priority given to vaccination of the elderly and the elderly. people at risk of COVID-19. group first ”.

Currently, all people over 40 and the most vulnerable groups are eligible for a booster.

The letter added that “the National Booking Service (NBS) is currently being updated to reflect the three month (91 day) interval between the second dose and the booster.”

“Our intention is to upload as soon as possible and no later than December 13,” he continued.

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NHS bosses have also confirmed that GP’s offices will be able to postpone some routine health checks in order to focus on providing booster shots.

“From December 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, when entrepreneurs deem it clinically appropriate, routine health checks for people over 75 and new patients may be postponed,” the letter said.

It has also been confirmed that military personnel and St. John Ambulance volunteers will be used to help implement the booster program, medical students will be asked to perform vaccine rotations and a new campaign has been launched for stewards and additional volunteers in vaccination centers.

The letter added that there are “no supply issues with Moderna or Pfizer recall stocks” and therefore all vaccination sites have been urged to upload their calendars until the end of January, as long as possible.

Over 19 million booster doses or other third doses (given to people with severely weakened immune systems) have so far been given in the UK, representing 33.8% of the total elderly population 12 years and over.

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The Royal College of GPs said: “These are reasonable and temporary measures that will meet some of the bureaucratic demands on practice and have minimal impact on the care patients receive in general practice, enabling general practitioners and our teams to focus their efforts where currently most clinically necessary.

“We hope these steps will help primary care networks get involved in the implementation of the expanded recall campaign, if they are not already and believe it is safe to do so. “

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