Swindon's Director of Public Health Steve Maddern has released a statement, updating the public on booster jab availability.
Following the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) announcement this week, more people than ever are now eligible for their second dose and booster dose of the covid-19 vaccine.
Mr Maddern is reminding the Swindon public that it is as important as ever to get vaccinated or receive a booster jab as soon as it is offered. He has released a statement to update people with the latest information regarding booster vaccines.
He said: "All people aged 40 to 49 years old who have not previously been eligible for a covid-19 booster vaccine, will soon be able to book an appointment for a booster dose using the National Booking Service, as well as second primary doses for teenagers aged either 16 or 17 years old. The NHS will update the web page with more information when these appointments are available to book, which is expected to be from today - Monday 22 November.
"The Government has announced that children aged between 12 and 17 now need to wait a minimum of 12 weeks after having covid-19, before getting the coronavirus vaccine. The NHS has advised that some parents will need to cancel their child’s booked appointment at the Steam Museum in Swindon."
The NHS web page for covid-19 vaccine booking can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
The Director of Public Health also continued to inform members of the public that the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is currently working with Virgin Care, who are managing the in-school vaccination programme, to understand what this change means for children who had intended to have the vaccine at their place of education.
He added: "The risk of infection increases as winter approaches and people spend more time indoors. Help protect yourself and loved ones by washing your hands regularly and wearing a mask in crowded places. When meeting people inside, open windows and doors to ventilate the room. Testing and self-isolation is still critically important – if you have any covid-19 symptoms, stay at home and get a PCR test as soon as possible."
Around 1 in 3 people with covid-19 do not have any symptoms but can still infect others. Following a review by the Government, the latest guidance is that individuals should take a rapid lateral flow test:
- if they will be in a high risk situation that day
- before they visit people who are at a higher risk of severe illness if they get covid-19.
Mr Maddern closed his statement by saying: "Remember, you are at higher risk of catching or passing on covid-19 when in crowded and enclosed spaces and there is limited fresh air."
From 9 November to 15 November, there were 866 new COVID-19 cases in Swindon, down from 928 the previous week.
As of 19 November, the covid-19 case rate in Swindon is 389 per 100k, down from 416 the previous week. The South West average is 502 per 100k, while the England average was 396 per 100k.
As of 18 November, 86.2% of people aged over 18 years old in Swindon had received their first dose of a covid-19 vaccine, and 82.6% had received both doses.
Vaccine Clinic information:
On Tuesday 23 November, there will be an AstraZeneca vaccine walk-in clinic at Sanford House (Sanford Street, Swindon, SN1 1HE), from 3pm to 7pm. The clinic will be open to anyone aged 40 and over who needs their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Following this, Pfizer clinics will be held at Sanford House every Tuesday for several weeks. Details on the dates of these clinics can be found at https://www.swindon.gov.uk/coronavirus