Sharp uptake in Covid vaccines as Omicron surges

Uptake of COVID-19 first doses increased by around 46% and second doses by 39% in England in the week ending 21 December. The public are reminded that the offer of a vaccine is still available and encouraged to come forward to protect themselves against Omicron.

221,564 first doses were administered in the week of 15 to 21 December in England, a 46% increase from the previous week and 279,112 second doses were administered, a 39% jump.

In England, there was an 85% increase in first doses in people aged 18 and 24 and a 71% increase in first doses among people aged 25 to 30. The 7 days up to 21 December saw more over 60s have a first dose than any 7-day period since early June.

Why have a booster?

While 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine provides strong protection against the Delta variant, data from the UK Health Security Agency shows vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic infection is substantially reduced against Omicron with just 2 doses over time – but a third dose provides between 60% and 70% protection against symptomatic infection from Omicron 2 to 4 weeks after the booster is given.

Many venues and events in England now require people to have 2 COVID-19 vaccines or proof of a negative test as a condition of entry. People can access their NHS COVID Pass digitally or receive a paper copy once they have been doubled jabbed.

Where to get one

Go along to Holsworthy Medical Centre’s walk-in vaccination clinic on Thursday 30th December 8.30-1.30pm at Holsworthy Medical Centre.

1st, 2nd & booster Pfizer vaccinations being given.

Anyone 16 & over welcome. Booking also possible through NBS or 119.

Visit to move your booking earlier. You will be able to see next available slots before you cancel your original appointment.

Barnstaple walk-in

Across the border in Devon,  Barnstaple Leisure Centre is offering vaccines at walk-ins:

Tuesday 28 December
Opening hours   8.30am to 7.30pm
Wednesday 29 December
Opening hours 8.30am to 4.30pm
Thursday 30 December
Opening hours 8.30am to 4.30pm

If you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test

If you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test, you need to wait a number of weeks before getting any dose of the vaccine. You need to wait:

  • 4 weeks (28 days) if you’re aged 18 years old or over
  • 12 weeks (84 days) if you’re aged 12 to 17 years old
  • 4 weeks (28 days) if you’re aged 12 to 17 years old and at high risk from COVID-19

This starts from the date you had symptoms, or the date of the positive test if you did not have any symptoms.

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