Now is the time to get your COVID-19 spring booster | Newry Times

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Friday, May 27th, 2022

The COVID-19 spring booster vaccination programme got underway last month in nursing homes, but with the majority of GP practices having just begun vaccinating their eligible patients; the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging those eligible to look out for their invite.


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GPs will be vaccinating eligible patients aged 75 years or older, so it’s important to make yourself aware of your own GP practice arrangements.



As well as people aged 75 years and over, the spring booster will be offered to residents in care homes for older people, and those aged 12 years and over with weakened immune systems.

It is advised that the spring booster should be offered around six months after an individual received their first booster dose.

Dr Jillian Johnston, Joint Interim Assistant Director in Health Protection at the PHA, says, “Each GP practice will have their own arrangements in place for inviting those eligible for vaccination, the invite may come via phone or in writing or you may need to contact your GP practice to make an appointment.

“That is why it is important to make yourself aware of your own GP practices arrangements.

“The spring booster is being offered as a precaution to those at extremely high risk, most of whom received their first booster around six months ago.



“If the number of infections increases over the summer, this booster should help to reduce your risk of being admitted to hospital with COVID-19.”

In addition to being invited by their own GP to receive a spring booster, individuals aged over 75 will have the option to receive their spring booster vaccination via a participating community pharmacy or at an HSC Trust-led vaccination clinic.

Find out more on how to get your booster vaccination at 

Dr Johnston adds, “COVID-19 has not gone away and we would urge those eligible to come forward for the spring booster when invited.”



Further information on the spring booster is available at


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