The number of patients in hospital with the virus is now equal to November 2020 and January 2022.
A further Covid-19 booster has been approved for health and social care workers in the Autumn.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced on Friday that it had rubber-stamped the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommendations.
According to the new guidance, those elidable for the booster are;
- people aged 50 and over.
- residents and staff in care homes for older adults
- frontline health and social care workers
- individuals aged five to 49 in clinical risk groups and household contacts of those who are immunosuppressed
- unpaid carers
The number of patients in hospital with the virus is now equal to November 2020 and January 2022, with the figure continuing on an upward trend.
Reduce pressure on the NHS.
Announcing the booster, newly appointed Health Secretary Steve Barclay said, “I have accepted the independent advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to offer an autumn Covid booster”.
“Viruses spread more easily in the colder seasons with people socialising inside, so the risk of getting Covid is higher.
“It is absolutely vital the most vulnerable groups receive a booster vaccine to strengthen their immunity against serious disease over winter to protect themselves and reduce pressure on the NHS.
Alongside the booster, DHSC has announced an expanded free flu vaccination.
The new flu programme will include everyone aged 50 and over, primary school children and secondary school pupils in years 7, 8 and 9, as well as people in clinical risk groups, unpaid carers and household contacts of those who are immunosuppressed.