Public Health Scotland (PHS) has called for eligible people, such as the elderly or those with a weakened immune system, to receive the spring booster vaccination, in order to help reduce the risk of serious illness, or admission to hospital, due to COVID-19 infection.
The call for those eligible to take up the spring booster vaccine follows a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Scotland, with 11,922 confirmed cases reported as of 15 June 2022, which represents a 44.5% increase from the previous week. Furthermore, those in vulnerable groups may find COVID-19 infection is more serious, while evidence suggests vaccine prevention may wear off more quickly than it does for the general population.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommends a spring booster dose for people:
- aged 75 years and over, or those aged 75 years by 30 June 2022
- with a weakened immune system
The spring booster dose will usually be offered around six months since the previous dose of COVID-19 vaccine, though some people may be invited sooner than this, at least three months following their last dose, to help protect them against any increase in COVID-19 infections. NHS Scotland will contact people to arrange their appointment at the right time for them. People in eligible groups can have their spring booster dose if they have received all their primary doses, and at least three months has passed since their last dose.
Another booster dose, as well as the usual flu vaccine, may be required for some people in the autumn.
More information on booster doses can be found on the NHS Inform website.
Source: PHS, 20 June 2022