Mike Padgham of the Independent Care Group (IGC) said people should be protected from both the disease, which first emerged in late 2019, and seasonal flu as the autumn Covid vaccination booster campaigns begin.
A new vaccine for Covid-19 has recently been identified in the UK and medical experts don’t know what impact it will have.
“We don’t want people to get sick again this winter and as the Covid vaccine and flu shots become available I would urge everyone who is able to get both as soon as possible,” Mike said .
“The last thing we need is for a new strain of Covid to take root in the community. Don’t let Covid back in.
“Given the reports of the new tribe, the NHS is doing a fantastic job of introducing the Covid booster measures and the least anyone can do is use what they are being offered to help everyone this winter to stay as healthy as possible.”
Those eligible for the Covid vaccination will be notified by the NHS in order of priority.
Nursing and care home residents and those most at risk will be offered the vaccine first, followed by carers, pregnant women, health and social workers and adults over the age of 65.
Previous campaigns have offered the job to anyone aged 50 and over, but now the government has raised the eligibility age for the Covid vaccination from 50 to 65. This will continue to be offered to younger people in vulnerable medical categories.
No Covid vaccine is currently available privately in the UK.
The NHS says the Covid vaccine will help reduce the risk of catching or spreading Covid-19 and reducing the risk of serious illness or death if you catch it.
The annual seasonal flu vaccination campaign is also underway, with GP organizing vaccinations for those who are eligible for a free flu shot.
Pharmacists in York have been taking bookings from people who are not eligible for the free vaccination for the past few weeks.
The ICG is a recognized representation of private and voluntary care providers. It reminds its members of the importance of following government guidelines to protect residents and service users from the risk of Covid-19 infection, both in terms of preventive measures and what to do if cases arise do is.
https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/23779601.mike-padgham-backs-covid-booster-flu-vaccine-campaigns/?ref=rss Mike Padgham supports booster vaccinations and flu vaccination campaigns