City of London residents and workers are being encouraged to get their COVID booster jab to help protect themselves and others.
The City of London Corporation’s call, which coincides with a nationwide campaign, comes as a second Omicron wave is causing very high levels of infection and putting severe strain on many NHS hospitals across the country.
The NHS is advising people that there are three types of booster available for the COVID-19 vaccine:
For everyone aged 16 and over; and some children aged 12 to 15, who have had a second dose of the vaccine at least three months ago.
For anyone who had a severely weakened immune system at the time of having their first two doses, and who had an additional primary dose (third dose) of the vaccine at least three months ago.
A spring booster dose is available to people aged 75 and over, people who live in a care home for older people, and people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system.
Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Community and Children’s Services Committee, Ruby Sayed, said: “COVID restrictions may have eased and increasingly, people are returning to their workplaces in the City. But the virus is still circulating and causing considerable concern among healthcare professionals.
“If you live or work in the Square Mile and you haven’t had your COVID booster yet, please consider booking it as soon as possible, in order to protect yourself and others from the virus.
“Any dose of the vaccine provides protection against COVID, so I urge people who haven’t already had their first or second jab to get theirs now, because it’s not too late.”
People can book an appointment at nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ or by calling 119; and further information is available at cityoflondon.gov.uk/services/health-and-wellbeing/covid-19-vaccine
People can help prevent the spread of COVID by meeting outside where possible, opening doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside, limiting the number of people they meet, and avoiding crowded spaces.
While the guidance has changed, it is still advisable to wear a face mask or covering in shops and on public transport, and keep washing your hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day.