ONE million people have now received their Covid-19 booster jab or third dose of the vaccine across the south west. 

The programme was launched six weeks ago and is available to a number of eligible people across the region.

Third doses of the Covid-19 vaccination are given to immunosuppressed individuals 12 years and over who require the additional dose to reduce the risk of them getting seriously ill.

There are more clinics delivering vaccines now than at any other point in the programme, including pharmacies and GP practices.

All eligible care homes in the region have now hosted a vaccine clinic or have it booked in for the coming weeks, allowing this priority group of people to get their top-up.

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Dr Michael Marsh, Medical Director at NHS England and NHS Improvement South West, said:  “It is wonderful to see the number of boosters and third doses increasing as we hit another big milestone.

“The booster programme is prioritising the most vulnerable this winter – and so it is vital that anyone who received their second vaccine six months ago come forward as soon as they can.”

Clinicians have been identifying patients who need a third primary dose due to immunosuppression. The NHS is also writing to patients who may be eligible, so they can talk through their options with their GP or consultant if they have not done so already.

The patient would then take the letter from their consultant or GP to a walk-in vaccination site. Vaccinators will not be able to administer the vaccine without this letter.

Those eligible can now book their appointment five months (152 days) after their second dose. This means that people can pre-book the vaccine for the day they reach the six month milestone.

Walk-in sites are also available for those who received their second dose at least six months (182 days) ago. Visit the NHS website to find a walk-in clinic.

To book visit the national booking system website or call 119.