HEALTH bosses in Barnsley are encouraging residents to get their spring Covid booster jabs before the end of the month.

The latest weekly figures show that over 3.6 million people have taken up the offer since April when the spring campaign was launched, including nearly two thirds of care home residents in England.

Anyone currently aged 75 and over, or who will be aged 75 by June 30, is able to get the Covid-19 vaccine, along with older adult care home residents and people with a weakened immune system aged six months and over.

Steve Russell, NHS national director for vaccinations and screening, said: “It is brilliant that since the launch of the spring Covid vaccination campaign in April, over 3.6 million people have already come forward to get their all-important protection, with NHS staff also having vaccinated nearly two thirds of care home residents.

“Covid can still be dangerous for those aged over 75 and those with compromised immune systems, and even if you’ve been vaccinated before, protection does fade over time, so, it’s important to come forward if eligible - and now with the new joint booking option, the NHS is making it easier than ever.

“You can book quickly and easily through the NHS app, by calling 119, or by visiting the NHS website where you can also see a list of walk-in sites across the country that you can go to without an appointment.”