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Seasonal flu and Covid-19 vaccine clinics open for walk-ins

The GHA is rolling out the administration of a Covid-19 booster vaccine that provides immunity against both the original and Omicron variants of the virus.

This programme is running in conjunction with the seasonal influenza vaccine and both are safe to be administered at the same time.

Those who are eligible for the vaccine will now be able to walk-in to the clinic without a prebooked appointment.

The Director of Public Health, Dr Helen Carter, said: “Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself this winter, especially if you’re in one of the specified at-risk categories.”

“This Covid-19 booster is different from previous ones because it protects against both the original strain and the Omicron strain.”

“I had my vaccines this week and I strongly encourage all those eligible to attend the clinic, either by appointment or simply by popping in.”

Eligible people include those who are:

Over 50 years old

Have a long term health condition

Live with someone who is immunocompromised: an indication of this is someone who received a letter from the GHA advising them that they are at more risk of the complications from Covid-19 and if they develop symptoms should call 111 to be assessed for eligibility for receiving antiviral medication

Pregnant

Live in a closed residential setting such as ERS or the prison

Health and social care workers

The vaccine clinic at the Primary Care Centre will be open for walk-ins 5pm – 8pm each weekday and on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9am to 1.30pm.

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