Covid-19 vaccine update 3 December 2021

3 December 2021

Covid-19 vaccination programme latest

This week marks one year since the vaccination against Covid-19 started being rolled out across the country. Our latest statistics show:

  • 3,145,664 total doses, of which 497,554 are third booster doses.
  • 93 per cent of cohorts 1-9 have had two doses
  • 74 per cent of those eligible have had their booster
  • 69 per cent of everyone over 18 have had two doses
  • 62 per cent of 16 to 17-year-olds have had one dose
  • 46 per cent of 12 to 15-year-olds have had one dose

Changes to the booster vaccination programme

The booster rollout continues, with the following groups being offered a booster vaccine now:

  • care home residents
  • those who are clinically extremely vulnerable (including family they live with)
  • those aged 40 or over 
  • front line health and social care workers.

The time between a second dose and booster dose is also being changed from six months to three months in the coming days.

In Kent and Medway, we are working hard to increase capacity to meet the challenge of giving a booster vaccination to everyone aged 18 and over.

Following the Government's announcement, the booster vaccination programme is opening up to all adults aged 18 and over.

There will also be a second dose for children aged 12 to 15.

If you are aged 39 or under, you will be invited in turn during the coming weeks. 

Please wait to be contacted by the NHS for your booster vaccination; please do not call your GP.

Use our map to find Covid-19 vaccination clinics

If you would like to know where all the Kent and Medway-based clinics can be found, please use the map on our website.

It lists all bookable and walk-in clinics and is regularly updated to make sure all sites are included. If you are using the national booking service to book a Covid-19 booster vaccination and cannot find a suitable site when you first look, please keep trying – more slots are added every week.

You should not have to travel outside of Kent and Medway for a vaccination.

Cancel appointment if not needed

If you book a vaccination against Covid-19 and it is no longer needed because you have had a vaccination elsewhere, for example, please make sure you cancel your original appointment so it can be given to someone else.

Last week, in Kent and Medway, more than 6,000 people failed to attend a booked appointment for a Covid-19 vaccination. Please help us to make sure we can provide as many appointments as possible for those who need them.

Vaccinating patients who are housebound

Our priority is to make sure those who are most vulnerable are given the booster vaccination as quickly as possible and we are working closely with primary care networks (groups of GP practices) in Kent and Medway to make sure this is happening. Practices are working through patients who are classed as housebound as quickly as they can.

Do you have questions about the vaccination?

Our dedicated vaccination helpline can provide you with any information you may need. Translation services are available.

Phone 0330 320 4444, between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

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