Those who are at a higher risk of developing more severe cases of coronavirus are being advised to book a booster vaccine in spring and autumn this year.
A new booster vaccination campaign began in September 2022, with a high number of people booking the third booster dose. According to the Government website, following the high uptake rates for the "initial (third) booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine in December 2021, further uptake has been low at less than 0.1 per cent per week since April 2022 in all eligible people under 50 years of age.
"Similarly, uptake of primary course vaccination, which has been widely available since 2021, has plateaued in recent months across all age groups."
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Despite the virus still existing across the UK, the Government have confirmed that the country is still in a transitional period between pandemic emergency response towards pandemic recovery.
However, experts are still recommending that those at a high enough risk should be booking booster doses this spring and autumn. But who is included in this high risk group?
Who is eligible for the 2023 autumn and spring covid boosters?
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have confirmed that older people, or those who are immunosuppressed should be applying for the new booster dose.
When will this group receive the booster doses?
No specific details have been released for the spring or autumn booster doses yet.
More details are set to be released, with those going for spring doses also recommended to apply for the autumn booster dose too.
What have the JCVI said about the 2023 covid booster?
When discussing the latest recommendation from the JCVI, Professor Wei Shen Lim, Chair of COVID-19 vaccination on the JCVI, said: "The COVID-19 vaccination programme continues to reduce severe disease across the population, while helping to protect the NHS.
"That is why we have advised planning for further booster vaccines for persons at higher risk of serious illness through an autumn booster programme later this year.
"We will very shortly also provide final advice on a spring booster programme for those at greatest risk."
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