CDO England: Many members of the NHS dental team are eligible for a booster


  Posted by: Dental Design      1st November 2021

In the latest NHS dentistry and oral health update, Chief Dental Officer, England, Sara Hurley, and Ed Waller, director of primary care for NHS England, have confirmed that ‘Many members of the NHS dental team are eligible for a booster.’

In addition to urging everyone to ‘book yours if you haven’t already,’ noting that it’s ‘one of our best ways of keeping the virus under control,’ they also encourage you to ‘book your free NHS flu vaccine, too’.

‘The NHS booster roll out continues to go from strength to strength, with nearly 1.6 million lifesaving booster jabs delivered over the last week, higher than last week’s record numbers, and with over half of eligible over 50s now protected. There are more clinics delivering vaccines now than at any other point in the programme.’

Get your Covid-19 booster jab as a frontline health worker

The NHS is vaccinating in line with guidance set by the JCVI which says that eligible groups can have a booster shot, a minimum of six months on from their second jab for maximum protection.

The NHS will contact you to offer you a booster vaccine if you are eligible and it has been at least six months (182 days) since the date of your second vaccine dose. Anyone receiving an invite should come forward as soon as possible to get crucial protection.

Anyone eligible for a booster who is 190 days on from their second dose can go online and book through the National Booking Service or call 119 if they need extra support with their booking.

The booster programme is being delivered through existing sites including pharmacies, hospital hubs, GP practices and vaccination centres.

Staff employed by an NHS Trust should follow their Trust’s guidance on booking a booster vaccination in the first instance.

Book your free NHS flu jab

For this flu season frontline NHS dental teams are entitled to a free flu vaccination – paid for by the NHS. 

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