COVID-19 jabs available for the youngest and oldest in Dorset
Dorset people aged from five upwards can now access life-saving COVID-19 jabs as the county’s vaccination programme continues into spring.
Following the launch of spring boosters for the most at risk people in our communities, a first dose is now also available for all 5-11 year olds with a second dose recommended several weeks later.
Parents can book an appointment for their youngsters, who now join those aged 12 and upwards in being eligible to book via the NHS National Booking System online or call 119. Some GP services offering jabs have their own booking system.
The 75+ age group, those who are immunosuppressed and older adults living in care homes can also access their spring booster. Almost 12,000 people have had this booster since it was made available two weeks ago.
Prof Dawn Dawson, Director of Nursing, Therapies and Quality at Dorset HealthCare, said:
“Most people in our communities, whatever their age, are now eligible for the vaccination and we’d encourage everyone to come forward for the doses they’re entitled to.
“Cases of the virus are high, particularly in the south west, so it’s even more important that people get themselves protected and avoid serious illness.
“We have sites delivering the vaccine all round the county, with more being planned soon, so from your first dose right through to your second booster it’s not too late to book in and protect yourself and others.”
There are currently 29 sites offering vaccinations around the county, with additional pop-ups being planned in some areas soon. The county has two large vaccination centres, in Bournemouth and Dorchester, with some community pharmacies and some GP services also providing vaccinations.
People may not have their jab in the same location as they had previous doses. You can find out where the sites are, how to book, how long you need to wait between doses and everything you need to know when you go for your jab on our website's vaccination page.