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 nhs.uk/CovidVaccinati 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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