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Public Health Agency issue appeal for immunosuppressed to come forward for Covid-19 booster


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Those who have a weakened immune system have been encouraged to continue to take up the offer of a Covid-19 vaccine by the Public Health Agency (PHA).

The spring booster programme is coming to an end but those who are aged 12-years-old or over and who are immunosuppressed are still advised to come forward and book an appointment.

It comes as Covid-19 cases are continuing to rise generally across the UK driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron variants.

The last ONS weekly infection survey shows that for the week ending June 11, 2.34% of the population in Northern Ireland was infected with one of the Covid variants.

The latest Covid-19 stats from Friday also show there have been 1,819 positive cases in the last seven days. Meanwhile, there are currently 205 Covid inpatients in Northern Ireland hospitals.

“The Covid-19 spring booster vaccination programme will shortly be coming to an end, but there is still time for immunosuppressed individuals to receive their spring booster vaccination via a participating community pharmacy or at a HSC Trust-led vaccination clinic,” the PHA said.

“If you are immunosuppressed, either due to a health condition or medical treatment, you may not yet have the best protection you can possibly get from the vaccine.

“Additionally, there may be some people who are immunosuppressed who have not been vaccinated at all and we urge them to come forward.

“Trust clinicians will have written to advise their patients of their eligibility for the spring booster. Please do take up this offer. If you haven’t heard and you think you may be eligible then you can still book a vaccination.

“Covid-19 is still out there and the vaccine offers the best defence against becoming seriously unwell, staying out of hospital and passing on the virus to loved ones and others around you. It is safe, effective and free for everyone.

“You can bring one of several documents to the appointment to confirm you are eligible.

“This could be a letter from your Trust clinician or GP advising that you get the vaccine, a hospital letter about your condition or medication, or a prescription or medication box with your name and a date on it.

“If you don’t have any of this evidence to hand, don’t worry – just speak to a clinician when you arrive for your appointment.”

More information is available at www.nidirect.gov.uk/covid-vaccine

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