NHS in Lincolnshire gears up for launch of Covid-19 spring campaign

Posted on: 12th April 2024

The latest Covid-19 vaccination campaign will launch nationally next Monday 15th April, and the NHS in Lincolnshire is encouraging eligible people not to wait to be invited, but instead to book online from Monday 15th April, for appointments from Monday 22nd April onwards.

As with previous Covid-19 vaccination campaigns, the spring campaign will begin with a focus on residents in care homes for older adults, before opening up to other eligible people from 22nd April onwards, including:

  • Adults aged 75 and over (this includes people who turn 75 years-old by 30th June 2024)
  • Residents in care homes for older adults (people who are admitted to an older adult care home or become immunosuppressed by 30th June are also eligible)
  • Individuals aged 6 months and over who are immunosuppressed as defined by the Green Book, chapter 14a, tables 3 and 4 (see further details in Notes to Editors)

During the Covid-19 spring campaign, community pharmacies around Lincolnshire will play a greater role, working alongside GP practices around the county who will be inviting their patients to make an appointment for a Covid-19 vaccination, providing coverage and availability to people, enabling them to get their Covid-19 spring vaccination.  You can find a list of participating community pharmacies here.

“We are excited to be on the verge of launching another Covid-19 vaccination campaign and hope that eligible Lincolnshire people will support us once again by making an appointment online using the National Booking System www.nhs.uk/get-vaccine,” explains Julie Humphreys, Head of Clinical Services, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.
The vaccines that will be used during the spring vaccination campaign were updated to target a different Covid-19 variant, boosting protection and giving slightly higher levels of antibody against the more recent strains of Covid-19.

UKHSA data on last spring’s vaccination programme showed those who received a vaccine were around 50% less likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19 from two weeks following vaccination, compared to those who did not receive one.

“After several successive Covid-19 vaccination campaigns I think most people are aware of the benefits to be had from getting vaccinated, namely good protection against severe disease and/or hospitalisation, as well as being able to protect the most vulnerable from death,” adds Julie.

“We’ll start to vaccinate residents in older adult care homes and eligible housebound individuals from Monday 15th, but other eligible people will be able to book online from the same day for appointments starting on Monday 22nd April – remember, provided you are eligible, you do not need to be invited to book your Covid-19 spring vaccine.”

You can book online using the National Booking System – you can also use this page to check your eligibility.  For more information on the Covid-19 spring vaccination campaign in Lincolnshire, visit www.lincolnshire.icb.nhs.uk/grabajab