In response to today’s announcement, from the Department of Health and Social care, that those most vulnerable to Covid-19 may be offered a booster vaccination from September Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chair, said:
“It’s good that planning is already underway for the booster programme, and that the Government and JCVI have listened to organisations such as the BMA by giving early notice of the roll out being prioritised alongside the annual flu vaccination campaign.
“As all doctors well know, winter brings with it a surge in illnesses and infections, and we hope that by protecting our most vulnerable patients with both Covid-19 and flu vaccines, we will prevent more people becoming seriously ill and dying. In turn, we hope that this will alleviate pressures on the whole NHS and social care, at a time when we know it is always at its most strained.
“Having so effectively led the Covid-19 vaccination campaign right from the start, and with their proven track record of delivering flu jabs every year, GPs and their teams must be enabled to play a pivotal role in the booster programme, delivering both vaccinations directly to local communities from their practices. The Government must listen to practices when they outline the support they need so they are able to build on the incredible success of the last six months and help us to protect as many patients as possible.”
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