RUGBEIANS are being urged to protect themselves and their loved ones this winter by getting vaccinated against Covid and flu.
Rugby MP Mark Pawsey is supporting a national campaign encouraging people to get their Covid booster and flu jabs, as the colder weather brings an increased chance of transmitting the diseases.
So far in Rugby, 77,295 people have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and 71,372 have had their second dose.
Mr Pawsey said: “Thanks to the incredible work of our NHS and the staff and volunteers at vaccine hubs, over 77,000 local residents have had both their Covid jabs. This has enabled us to lift restrictions and work towards a return to normal life.
“To preserve this success and prevent additional pressure on the NHS, it is vital we continue saving lives by building up our protection against both Covid-19 and the winter flu. I would urge everyone who is eligible to go and get their jabs.
“It is great news that over four million people across the country have already received a booster jab. It is vital that each and every one of us continues to play our part and protect their loved ones and the NHS, and to stay ahead in the race against the virus, by taking up the offer of a vaccine.”
With experts warning there could be a significant flu surge and rising Covid cases this winter, the NHS and the Government are running the biggest winter vaccine campaign ever for Covid and flu to reduce pressure on the health service. The multimedia campaign will run on billboards, radio, TV and social media.
The Covid booster programme was launched to enhance protection for the most vulnerable this winter. Those aged 12-15 are urged to get a single jab to reduce transmission in schools and prevent further disruption to education.
This year will see the UK’s biggest flu vaccination programme ever, with 35million people being eligible for a free flu jab.
Rugby residents who have already received two doses of the Covid vaccine can visit https://tinyurl.com/3hbkhy25 to book their booster jab, or wait to be contacted by their GP six months after their second dose.
Everyone who is eligible for a free flu vaccine can book an appointment through their GP surgery or local pharmacy.