Vaccination clinics in the UK have been instructed to be ready to deliver booster needles “as soon as possible”.
NHS chiefs in England have sent a letter to all local health agencies giving instructions for a imminent start to the ramp-up campaign, PA news reports.
The National Reservation System is expected to open on Monday to some people as they become available for the jab.
People will be urged to book six months after taking their second dose.
Most vaccination clinics will begin their support program next week, although a few facilities, including some hospitals, may start sooner.
And nursing home residents should expect to receive their support by the end of next month.
The letter states that in some hospitals, vaccinations of health and social care workers may “start immediately”.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) announced its reinforcement plan for over 30 million British adults on Tuesday.
JCVI expressed the preference for people to receive the Pfizer vaccine as a third dose, regardless of which vaccine was given initially.
However, he said that half a dose of the Moderna vaccine could be used as an alternative.
incoming letter, Professor sir Keith Willett and Nikita Kinnari NHS England states that people will be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and that the Moderna vaccine will not initially be used in the programme, but may be available at a later date.
Regarding co-administration of the flu vaccine, health leaders said this should be considered “wherever eligibility, supply and regulation permits for both programmes.”
But the NHS wants to emphasize that people should not delay a vaccine to receive both vaccines at the same time.
General practitioners were also ordered to provide care to residents before 1 November.
The letter reads:
Sites should prepare to start vaccination as soon as possible. We are expected to open the National Reservation System for reservations on Monday, September 20 and issue the first national invitations.
Vaccinations of health and social care workers can start immediately at Hospital Centers.
“It should be administered with the flu vaccine wherever possible.
He notes that the national reservation system will be open to people “six months after the second vaccine, with priority for those at highest risk and those with the longest interval since the second dose of their primary course,” when they are available. .
The following is written on the vaccine to be used:
We do not expect to be implemented immediately with moderna half doses. Sites should not administer half-dose Moderna boosters until instructed.
In the meantime, systems should begin implementing booster vaccines with Pfizer.