The Ministry of Health has announced that walk-in booster vaccination is now available for people over the age of 30 in Northern Ireland.
The news comes when the number of cases of the Omicron variant identified by NI has increased to 10.
Health Minister Robin Swann is further accelerating the booster program in light of the expected surge in cases of the Omicron variant in Northern Ireland in January.
Immediately effective, the Health Trust vaccination hub will be open to walk-in boosters for everyone over the age of 30 who are at least 3 months old after the second vaccination.
A series of additional initiatives have been finalized to further enhance the ability to provide booster doses.
Trust Hub is in the process of extending business hours and days, delivering immediate benefits and hiring hundreds of additional vaccinated people. Postponement of some planned routine medical service activities is also being considered to release further capacity.
Minister Swan said: “Booster programs have accelerated significantly in recent weeks, and vaccination numbers are similar to the peak of first-line programs earlier this year.
“Given the magnitude of the potential threat posed by the Omicron variant, we are taking additional emergency steps to receive as many boosters as possible by the end of this month.
“GPs, regional pharmacies and trust hubs all play a central and important role in achieving this.
“It’s really important that people who haven’t been vaccinated yet get out for the first dose without delay. I’m really encouraged by the increase in the number of first doses in the last few weeks.”
The Minister added: “We must emphasize that we cannot rely solely on booster programs to fight Omicron. We all play an important role in preventing the spread of the virus. We are in our daily lives. You need to continue to make safer choices with and regularly use immunochromatography to protect each other. “
When a line is formed at the vaccination center, people are asked to wait patiently. The team will deliver your jab to you as soon as possible.
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