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NHS Western Isles is beginning a COVID-19 Spring booster programme with at risk groups offered an additional dose. 

Residents in care homes for older adults are the first to receive their spring COVID-19 booster as the latest stage of the national vaccination programme gets underway.  

Following recent advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), a Spring booster dose will also be offered to those aged 75 and over and individuals aged five and over with a weakened immune system. These groups will start to receive appointment letters this week, with the first appointments for those aged 75 and over being offered from April 11.  

NHS Western Isles Chief Executive, Gordon Jamieson, said: “COVID-19 is still with us so it’s really important that you get your Spring booster if you’re eligible. Booster doses are safe, effective, and help to top up your protection against serious illness from the virus.  

“Prioritising those most at risk has been our approach from the outset and vaccination has been our most effective tool against COVID-19. However, the degree of protection offered does fade over time, which is why booster vaccination is needed. 

“If you receive an appointment with an unsuitable date, time or venue, please reschedule it online or by calling the National Vaccination Helpline. This will allow us to give your appointment to someone else.  

“The COVID-19 Spring booster programme is key to protecting the most vulnerable among us and I’d like to thank our vaccinators, support staff and all those who continue to come forward for vaccination when invited.” 

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