Lancashire Times
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1:00 AM 9th September 2023

Vulnerable Urged To Take Up COVID Vaccine

Image by fernando zhiminaicela from Pixabay
Image by fernando zhiminaicela from Pixabay
A social care leader has urged older and vulnerable adults to take up the new covid vaccine as well as having their flu jabs this autumn.

Mike Padgham, Chair of the Independent Care Group (ICG) said people should not risk getting sick this winter, particularly as a new Covid-19 variant is currently causing some concern.

A covid booster vaccine will be available from Monday and Mr Padgham has urged those eligible to have it, as well as the flu jab.

He said:
“We don’t want to see people getting sick again this winter and as the covid vaccine and flu jabs become available, I would urge everyone who can to have both as soon as they can.

“The last thing we need is a new strain of covid getting a hold in the community. Don’t let covid back in.

“The NHS is doing a fantastic job in bringing forward the covid booster in light of reports of the new strain and the least everyone can do is take up what is offered to them to help everyone stay as well as possible this winter.”

According to the NHS, the covid vaccine helps:

reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19

reduce your risk of catching and spreading COVID-19

protect against different strains (variants) of COVID-19

Residents in care and nursing homes and those most at risk will be offered the vaccine first followed by carers, pregnant women, health and social care staff and adults aged over 65.

Meanwhile, the ICG is reminding its members of the importance of following government guidelines to protect residents and service users from the risk of covid in terms of preventative measures and what to do when there are cases.