THE CAMPAIGN to offer a COVID-19 spring booster vaccine to around 100,000 of the most vulnerable people in North Wales is now underway.

The spring booster will help to protect older people and adults and children with a compromised immune system from serious illness caused by the virus.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) is now urging everyone eligible for the vaccine to take up the offer to boost their protection against COVID-19 this Spring.

The offers applies to the following: 

Adults living in care homes for older people

Vaccination teams are prioritising eligible groups in order of clinical need, and have started visiting care homes to vaccinate older adults across the region.

Teams will continue to visit care homes in turn over the coming weeks.

People aged 75 and over

Will be offered a COVID-19 Spring booster at one of our community vaccination centres during April, May and June.

The first appointments at community vaccination centres will take place from mid-April onwards. Appointment letters, which include the location, date and time of your vaccination slot, have already been posted to the first people to be invited.

People who are housebound

The health board will contact people who are housebound to make arrangements for them to receive their vaccination.

Adults and children with a compromised immune system

Adults and children aged six months and over who are immunosuppressed will also be offered the COVID-19 Spring booster at one of our vaccination centres.

We are especially keen to encourage adults and children with a compromised immune system (as defined by tables 3 and 4 of the Green Book) to come forward to receive the vaccine when invited.

The COVID-19 Autumn booster campaign ended on March 28. Between September and March, the health board delivered COVID-19 booster vaccines to more than 175,000 people.

A statement from them read: "We would like to thank the people of North Wales for coming forward to receive the vaccine in such high numbers, which has helped to boost their protection and reduce the number and severity of cases of COVID-19 in our communities and our hospitals this winter."