Local clinicians are reminding people to complete their COVID-19 vaccination jabs as early as they can in the new year, in particular people aged between 18 and 39 as the latest data shows that less than half of people in this age group have had their booster.

Booster jabs are available to anyone who is

A number of walk-in sessions are running over the coming days, and anyone who is eligible can attend with vaccinations given on a first come, first served basis. No appointments are needed.

There are over 30 sites delivering vaccinations in Dorset so anyone who is unable to attend the walk-in sessions is encouraged to book an appointment or attend an alternative walk-in site at the earliest opportunity.

If you have booked an appointment and are unable to attend please remember to cancel as someone else may be able to use your time slot.

Dr Andy Rutland is a local GP and clinical lead for the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Dorset.

He said “To date we have given over 439,500 booster jabs to eligible people across all age ranges, however data from the vaccination sites shows that we are currently seeing a slow uptake in people aged between 18 and 39.

“Whilst I am asking everyone to make sure they get their booster as soon as they can, I am in particular putting out a plea to the 70,000 younger people who have yet to get a booster to come along and get themselves protected.

“COVID-19 still poses a huge risk to how we live our lives, with the possibility of more restrictions as infections increase resulting in not being able to attend sports or music events if you aren’t fully vaccinated.

“You may readily pass the infection to family members and vulnerable people.   Additionally there is the risk of long COVID impacting on everyday activities.”

For details of local COVID-19 clinics and walk-in sessions please visit www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk/vaccinations.