JABBING younger teenagers and giving booster shots have been identified as the top priorities for the vaccination teams in Rotherham as they prefer for a “challenging” autumn.
NHS staff are also preparing to dish out boosters to frontline staff and give flu vaccines to the vulnerable.
Sue Cassin, chief nurse of The Rotherham NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said the coronavirus vaccine was now being administered in schools to students aged 12 to 15.
Booster doses of the Pfizer jab will be given to the clinically extremely vulnerable before being opened up to other groups.
“The latest government instruction is that Covid-19 booster jabs \a- a third vaccination - will only be given to those who are eligible and had their second dose of the vaccine over six months ago,” said Ms Cassin.
“We are also about to start this year’s winter flu programme.
“There is the potential to deliver a flu jab and a booster Covid-19 vaccine to people if supplies are here together - if not, we’ve been told to carry on with flu vaccines without delay.
“We don’t underestimate that this winter doing two lots of vaccination programmes will be difficult.
“There is a lot of hard work ahead of us, but we are up to the challenge.”
So far, 86 per cent of adults aged over 18 in Rotherham have had one dose of the vaccine and 82 per cent of those have received both.
Around 1,000 people were vaccinated on a portable Covid-19 vaccination bus which made stops around the borough earlier this month, including at Rotherham Show and Parkgate Shopping.
Ms Cassin added: “We’ve come a long way with the Covid-19 vaccine programme so far, with better numbers than we’ve achieved compared to the flu programme.
“I urge as many people as possible who haven’t had the vaccine yet to consider having it.
“As the busier winter period approaches, it will help to protect you, your family, people in the community and the NHS.”
The CCG said all Covid-19 and flu jabs would continue to be given in Covid-safe conditions with social distancing in force and people being asked to wear masks.