Posted on Wednesday 8th June 2022
People in Staffordshire are urged to get their Covid-19 booster vaccine ahead of attending any large events, festivals or other gatherings this summer.
With summer just around the corner and many outdoor events and festivals taking place from this month, people are being encouraged to stay safe and get their Covid-19 booster. Anyone who still needs a first, second or booster vaccine can book an appointment online or attend a walk-in clinic.
Outdoor events such as the Staffordshire IRONMAN 70.3 happening this weekend are expected to draw large crowds, meaning it is more important than ever to get boosted.
IRONMAN 70.3 is taking place on Sunday 12 June. The event will see up to 3,000 athletes compete in a gruelling 70.3 mile triathlon across the Staffordshire countryside, swimming, cycling and running their way to the finish line in Stafford town centre.
Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Integrated Care, Paul Northcott, said:
“Summer is fast approaching, and with that comes a lot of outdoor events like festivals, fetes and events like Staffordshire IRONMAN 70.3. We want everyone to have an enjoyable and safe time, which is why it is the perfect opportunity for those eligible to get their booster jab as soon as they can. It’s important that we do everything we can to keep each other safe, especially those at higher risk from Covid-19. That way, we can all enjoy summer safely.”
Anybody aged five and over is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, and anybody aged 16 and over is eligible for the booster jab. A spring booster dose is available to people over the age of 75 and those aged 12 and over with weakened immune systems.
More information on the Covid-19 booster and how to book an appointment can be found at www.nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccine.
Details on local walk-in clinics offering the booster can be found at www.nhs.uk/grab-a-jab.