More than 129,000 people in the NHS Surrey Heartlands area which covers Haslemere are eligible for the spring Covid-19 jab.

People aged 75 and over, those aged five and over with a weakened immune system, and care home residents can now receive the jab in line with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance.

In the Surrey Heartlands area, 55 per cent of over 75s have had their spring jab since the offer launched in April 2023.

It is the first time that thousands of eligible people have been sent their invites through the NHS App, where they can also book an appointment, as the NHS continues to expand its technological capabilities.

Text messages and letters will also be sent to those without the app or not actively using it.

Those invited should make sure their appointment takes place at least three months since their last dose.

People with a weakened immune system might not be aware they qualify for a spring jab. Individuals classified within the immunosuppressed cohort include:

  • Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment.
  • Individuals who are receiving immunosuppressive or immunomodulating biological therapy.
  • Individuals treated with or likely to be treated with systemic steroids.
  • Anyone with a history of haematological malignancy, including leukaemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.
  • Those who require long term immunosuppressive treatment.

Spring jabs for care home residents were rolled out at the start of the launch in April.

The last spring vaccination appointments will be offered on June 30. Covid-19 vaccinations for everyone who was aged five on or before August 31, 2022 will also end after that date, following recent advice from the JCVI.

After June 30, the NHS offer will become more targeted to those at increased risk, usually during seasonal campaigns.