Third or booster vaccine doses of Pfizer are being delivered by the NHS for people most at risk from Covid-19, including:
- people aged 50 and over, who have had a 2nd dose of any Covid vaccine at least 182 days ago
- people who live or work in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
- people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19
- people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from Covid-19
- people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- people who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose
In the Rye centre we are now seeing those who have been contacted by NHS letter advising them to book on the website. Another option is to telephone 119.
The Rye centre would always prefer people to book as it allows us to ensure supplies of Pfizer vaccine. However, we know from local reports this week that there are delays in the process, which the NHS is addressing. As if to underscore this, on Monday Downing Street said the NHS was doing “everything possible to contact people eligible for a third or booster jab, along with the separate schools programme for children aged 12-15.”
To ensure that we can deliver effectively, the Rye centre is accepting “walk-ins”, which we prefer to see after 11am each open day and at least one hour before end of session. This again will enable us to better control the supply and preparation of vaccine.
Call for volunteers
As the Rye centre depends on the support of volunteers, more are always welcome. If you would like to help, please contact the centre via firstname.lastname@example.org, the REACT or RyePfizer (@ryepfizer) Facebook pages or by 07414 617484 / 07984 930315. There is no fixed commitment. Volunteers can give as much, or as little time as they can manage. Once contacted there are WhatsApp groups to link volunteers and vaccinators to the facility.
Image Credits: Anthony Kimber .