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NHS Leeds issues ‘don’t delay’ plea to people over flu and Covid jabs

Eligible people in West Leeds are being urged to protect themselves against serious illness this winter by getting both their COVID-19 booster and flu jab as soon as they are invited.

Those most at risk from COVID-19 are being invited for a booster jab six months after they had their second dose.

Health chiefs say this is to ensure people maintain a high level of protection against the virus, reducing their chance of becoming seriously ill or needing to be admitted to hospital. 

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People will receive an invitation when their booster is due, either from their GP or the NHS National Booking Service.

Experts are also stressing the importance of getting your flu jab, with more people having been added to the eligible groups this year.

Due to last year’s lockdown restrictions, this will be the first winter that COVID-19 and flu are circulating fully at the same time and research has shown that people who have both viruses at the same time are more than twice as likely to die as someone with COVID-19 alone.

Sam Prince, Senior Responsible Officer for the Vaccination Programme in Leeds, said the message from local health chiefs was simple: don’t delay, get each jab as soon as it’s offered. Sam added:

“Uptake from people who have been invited for their booster so far has generally been good but we want to remind people how important it is to get protected and encourage them to do this as quickly as possible.

“Please book your appointment as soon as you get your invitation and help us to keep you and others safe this winter.”

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