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Spring covid vaccinations; all you need to know

Updated: Apr 3, 2023

The NHS is offering a further vaccination to those most at risk of COVID-19 across Reading Borough from 17 April 2023.

People who are eligible for a spring vaccination include:
  • people aged 75 and over (by 30 June 2023)

  • those aged 5 and over with a weakened immune system

  • residents of care homes for older adults.

Care home vaccinations have already started today (3 April) but eligible people can book their spring vaccine from Wednesday 5 April, with appointments starting on Monday 17 April and finishing on Friday 30 June 2023.

The spring vaccine will be offered to eligible people around six months after their previous dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The NHS will also write to all those who are eligible to remind them they can get the spring vaccine.

GP practices, pharmacies and local hospitals across Berkshire will be delivering the spring vaccination campaign. Some walk-in centres will also take part and these will be publicised when available.

Spring covid vaccination bookings can be made by:
  • using the NHS App

  • calling 119 for free

The NHS will also continue to provide first-time 'first and second' COVID-19 vaccinations for everyone aged 5 (on or before 31 August 2022) and above across Berkshire. However this will service will end at the same time as the spring vaccinations, on 30 June 2023.

People can book a first and second jab at a GP practice or pharmacy online, here.

Alicia Siraj Head of Vaccinations for the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West ICB Vaccination Programme, said:

"The virus, that causes COVID-19, is still with us and poses a high risk to the most vulnerable including the elderly and people with weakened immunity. We urge these people to book a vaccination from Wednesday 5 April onwards to get strong protection for themselves, their family and friends.
We also encourage anyone eligible who has had just had one COVID-19 vaccination, or not had one at all, to come forward for their vaccine as soon as possible before the offer finishes on 30 June to protect themselves against the virus – it’s never too late to have the jab.”

Further information on COVID-19 vaccines can be found on the NHS website, here.

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