Covid spring boosters open to people with weakened immune systems

The Scottish Government's spring booster programme will widen to include other at-risk groups.

Covid spring boosters in Scotland open to people with weakened immune systems from Monday hxyume via iStock

People with weakened immune systems are now being offered an additional dose of the Covid vaccine.

The jab is available to anyone in the category aged five and over as part of the Scottish Government’s spring booster programme.

It comes after other at-risk groups were offered an extra vaccine on the basis of recent advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

Residents in care homes for older adults started to receive the spring Covid-19 booster last month. It was then rolled out to those aged 75 and over from April 11.

The current vaccine programme runs until June 30.

Those invited should make sure their appointment takes place at least three months after the last dose.

Earlier this year, the JCVI said the spring booster campaign can include vaccination with the Pfizer, Moderna and Sanofi/GSK jabs.

The Novavax jab will be available for use only when alternatives are not considered clinically suitable.

Children under 12 will be offered a children’s formulation of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

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