The NHS vaccination programme will enter a new phase this week as the spring booster campaign begins

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Around 600,000 people will be invited by the NHS to book a spring COVID booster vaccination this week.

Eligible groups for spring boosters include care home residents, people aged 75 years and over, and those who are immunosuppressed.

They will be offered either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine; eligible people aged between 12 and 18 will be offered the Pfizer vaccine.

Research by UKHSA estimates since mid-December over 105,000 hospitalisations have been prevented by booster doses.

Over 118 million vaccinations delivered in total

Since December 2020, NHS staff and volunteers have delivered over 118 million vaccinations in total, including 32 million top-up jabs since the booster rollout began in September.

Announcing the spring rollout, NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard said: ‘The NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has not stopped in its efforts to protect people from coronavirus—around five million of the most vulnerable people will be eligible for a spring dose and from tomorrow, we will start giving eligible groups their additional top up in protection.

‘We have protected millions of people at speed thanks to the efforts of our staff, aided by volunteers. They will once again rise to the next challenge.’

Vaccination programme has ‘saved countless lives’

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: ‘Our phenomenal vaccination programme has saved countless lives and built a wall of defence which has allowed us to learn to live with COVID.

‘Following the massive success of the rollout so far, we are now offering over-75s and the most vulnerable a spring booster dose to top up their protection against this virus.

‘Please come forward as soon as you are contacted by the NHS’.

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