THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS ADVICE

04/04/2022

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Care home residents, people aged 75 and over and those with a weakened immune system aged 12 and over will be invited to get a spring COVID-19 booster.

Read more at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus?gclid=Cj0KCQjw0PWRBhDKARIsAPKHFGiEMzxmWm78xrX3TREmFx17lxo78liDxSzyv-Q-gFF9iAfrZPY7OaAaAoPkEALw_wcB

There are 3 types of booster for the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine:

  • A 1st booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, who have had a 2nd dose of the vaccine at least 3 months ago.
  • A booster dose (4th dose) of the COVID-19 vaccine is available for anyone who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses and who had a 3rd dose of the vaccine at least 3 months ago.
  • A spring booster of the COVID-19 vaccine is available to people aged 75 and over, people who live in a care home for older people, or people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system.

If you have not had a booster dose yet, you’re still eligible and can book anytime.

Information:

If you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test, you need to wait before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

People aged 18 and over, and eligible children aged 12 to 15, need to wait 4 weeks.

Most young people aged 16 and 17 need to wait 12 weeks.

1st boosters for people aged 16 and over

If you’re aged 16 or over and had your 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago, you can:

If you cannot book an appointment online, you can call 119 free of charge. You can speak to a translator if you need to.

If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can use textphone 18001 119 or the NHS 119 BSL interpreter service.

1st boosters for some children aged 12 to 15

Some children aged 12 to 15 can get a booster dose if they had a 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago and they either:

  • have a condition that means they’re at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • live with someone who has a weakened immune system

Eligible children can:

If you get vaccinated at a walk-in site, you’ll need to bring the letter, text or email inviting you to get a booster dose.

If you do not have an invitation, you can bring a letter from your GP or hospital specialist about your condition, or a letter from the GP or hospital specialist of the person you live with confirming that anyone they live with should get a booster.

Information:

If you’re not sure if you or your child are at high risk, see who is at high risk from COVID-19.

Boosters (4th dose) for people with a severely weakened immune system

If you have or had a severely weakened immune system when you had your first 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, you may have been offered a 3rd dose of the vaccine.

You can get a booster dose (4th dose) from 3 months after you had your 3rd dose.

A GP or your hospital specialist will invite you for your booster dose when it’s due.

You can also book your appointment online or go to a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site.

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccination for people with a severely weakened immune system

Spring boosters

You will be offered a spring booster if you:

  • are aged 75 and over
  • live in a care home for older people
  • are aged 12 and over and have a weakened immune system

COVID-19 may affect you more seriously if you are in one of these groups. The spring booster is being offered to help reduce your risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

When to get your spring booster

You will be contacted by the NHS when you are due a spring booster. You will usually be offered an appointment around 6 months after your last dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are eligible for a spring booster, but have not had a 1st or 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yet, you should have them as soon as possible.

If you have a severely weakened immune system you need to get a 3rd dose before you get a booster.

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine for people with a severely weakened immune system

How to get your spring booster

You will be contacted by the NHS and invited to book your spring booster when it’s due.

You may be offered appointment dates from 3 months (91 days) after your last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. But try to book an appointment around 6 months after your last dose to get the best protection from your spring booster.

Book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment online for your spring booster if you are:

  • aged 75 and over
  • aged 12 and over and have a weakened immune system

If you live in a care home for older people, contact your care home manager about getting vaccinated.

If you think you are eligible for a spring booster but did not get an invite, contact your GP surgery or hospital specialist.

Training at Consultus

The Training Team are continuing to offer four-hour, socially distanced face-to-face practical training sessions as part of the carer induction and update courses.  Carers undertaking their annual update training will complete three online courses and four Consultus virtual training topics before attending the practical moving & positioning and basic life support training at the Consultus training centre where there will be hand sanitisation, hand washing protocols in place, and a maximum of 5 Carers attending each session. 

Please click here for more information.

If you have any concerns about the Coronavirus please call the NHS 111 Service as this service provides up-to-date information about the Coronavirus. Anyone who is assessed as possibly having symptoms of the virus will be directed by the 111 service to a public health helpline and, if necessary, medical tests can be arranged and specific advice given.

Follow the below links for some helpful advice around the virus:

The BMJ latest guidelines for the Coronavirus 

WATCH this useful video from the World Health Organisation on basic protective measures you can take against the virus. 

Please read our updated guidance for those working in the homecare sector here>

Symptoms: The main symptoms of Covid are a cough, fever and a loss or change of sell/taste.

Preventing the spread of infection: As with the flu and common cold, the best way to help prevent infection is to maintain good hand and face hygiene; wash your hands regularly (alcohol gel can be used if hands are visibility soiled), and cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow or a tissue which is then thrown away. Where possible, avoid contact with people who have flu like symptoms: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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