People are urged to get a COVID-19 reminder

The Department of Health and Social Care is urging those eligible to receive their COVID-19 booster shot this winter.

Anyone over the age of 50 will be offered the COVID booster shot, as well as anyone aged 5 to 49 in a clinical risk group, including people with epilepsy. This will increase protection against the virus during the winter.

Daniel Jennings, Senior Policy and Campaigns Manager at Epilepsy Action, said: “COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on all of our lives and it is important that we continue to protect ourselves – and others – We are joining with other charities to encourage people in Priority Group 6, including those with epilepsy, to get the COVID shot this winter.

“Studies have shown that people with epilepsy may have a slightly increased risk of being hospitalized or dying from coronavirus. Vaccination is a key part of beating the virus and keeping people safe.

“That’s why it’s so important that people with epilepsy who have already been vaccinated receive the booster to give them the best possible protection through the winter and beyond.”

“It is important to remember that vaccines approved for use in the UK have met the strict safety standards set by the medicines regulator. They have also been deemed safe for people with neurological conditions, including epilepsy, by the Association of British Neurologists.

There is more information on the UK government website.

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