Independent pharmacy chain, The Pharmacy, is urging people not to ignore their reminders for the COVID-19 vaccination, amid concerns that people may develop ‘covid fatigue’ or believe the virus is ‘gone’.
The next phase of the Covid-19 booster vaccine is now available, community pharmacies including Well Pharmacy are playing an important role in ensuring that those who are eligible to receive a booster receive it.
As summer draws to a close, it’s never been more important to make sure we’re protecting ourselves from the COVID-19 and flu virus, warns Deputy Chief Pharmacist, George Sandhu.
“People should be given an appointment to go and improve the fall between September and December. If you are eligible for the flu vaccine, you may be able to have both at the same time – if not please continue, you can get another vaccine later.
He added: “It’s important to sign up for your booster appointment as soon as you give it. Even though we are all living with COVID-19, the best form of protection is to make sure your vaccinations are up to date. As the weather changes and we enter flu season, many of us will be indoors.
We know that it’s in these strategies that COVID-19 and other viruses tend to thrive, so we need to make sure we’re doing everything we can to stay on top of the coronavirus. For many people, life is back to normal, but let’s not forget. that covid-19 is still here and can affect people differently.
The best prevention is vaccination, and boosters play a big role in our fight against COVID-19. “
The concern also follows the outbreak of severe flu and the high prevalence of COVID-19 seen in Australia, which is an indication of what the UK can expect. The pharmacy chain has opened its flu vaccination page earlier than usual to ensure people can get appointments early.
With this in mind, and the high prevalence of respiratory infections expected, vaccination is the best protection for everyone.
COVID-19 is especially dangerous for the elderly and those with certain underlying health conditions. The main objective of the Autumn booster program is to increase the protection of those at high risk of covid-19, to protect the most vulnerable and to reduce hospital admissions.
To support this, the 2022 Autumn booster program will be awarded to the following groups:
residents of a care home for the elderly
·Health and primary care workers
·all adults aged 50 and over
· people aged 5 to 49 years with health conditions that put them at high risk including pregnant women
·people aged 5 to 49 years who are connected to a household of people with weakened immune systems
· people aged 16 to 49 years who are not grateful.
If you’re not sure if you should get a booster, the team at Well Pharmacy are happy to give advice, although those who qualify should receive an invitation within
September and December this year.