Kemi Badenoch, MP for the Saffron Walden constituency has welcomed a nationwide advertising campaign encouraging people to get their COVID-19 booster and flu jabs to protect themselves and their loved ones this winter.
The colder weather in the winter months favours transmission and experts have warned there could be a significant flu surge and continuing or rising Covid cases. That is why the Government is pushing the biggest winter vaccine campaign ever for Covid and flu, including across the Saffron Walden constituency, so people can help protect not just themselves and their loved ones this winter and play their part in reducing pressure on the NHS.
Over 90,000 residents have already received a first dose in and over 83,000 have now received a second dose.
Vaccines provide the best possible protection against infection and serious disease and so it is vital people come forward for both Covid jabs and flu vaccines. The Covid booster programme was launched to prolong protection into winter, and for those aged 12 – 15 it is so important to come forward for a single dose to reduce transmission in schools and keep pupils in the classroom.
Commenting, Kemi Badenoch MP said:
“Thanks to the people across Chelmsford and Uttlesford who have come forward to get their jabs, we’ve been able to open up and make progress back towards normal life.
“As we move into Winter, it is vital that those eligible get their booster jab and their flu jab to protect themselves, their loved ones and our local health services.
“Residents will be invited for the COVID-19 booster jab when it’s their turn - if they have not been contacted within a week of reaching 6 months since their second jab they can call 119 or book online.
“Those who are eligible for a free flu vaccine can book an appointment through their GP surgery or local pharmacy.”