Millions of vulnerable people will receive a Covid reminder in the spring

Millions of people in England will start receiving a Covid-19 booster shot this week, the NHS has announced.

The vaccine will be available to nursing home residents, people 75 and older, and immunocompromised people 12 and older.

Around 5 million people are expected to receive this vaccine, with around 600,000 guests booking their dose this week.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Our phenomenal vaccination program has saved countless lives and built a wall of defense that has taught us how to live with Covid.

“Following the massive success of the roll-out so far, we are now offering those over 75 and the most vulnerable a spring booster dose to supplement their protection against this virus.”

The NHS Covid-19 vaccination program will contact people when they need to be vaccinated, as was the case before.

Once eligible people have received their invitation, they can book an appointment via the national booking system or by calling NHS 119.

NHS Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard said: ‘The NHS Covid-19 vaccination program has continued its efforts to protect people from coronavirus – around five million of the most vulnerable will be eligible for a dose Spring and starting tomorrow, we’ll start giving eligible groups their extra protection add-on.

“We have protected millions of people quickly thanks to the efforts of our staff, supported by volunteers. They will once again rise to the next challenge.

“There is no need to contact the NHS – when you are eligible for your ‘spring boost’ of protection, we will contact you so you can book an appointment at one of the hundreds of vaccination sites across the country.”

Eligible adults will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, and all eligible people between the ages of 12 and 18 will be offered the Pfizer vaccine.