The autumn Covid-19 booster programme started in Kirklees this week with people aged 75 and over, health and care workers and those with weakened immune systems first in line.

Next to be invited are people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and carers who are now able to book an appointment through the National Booking Service.

The NHS will contact eligible people when it’s their turn for the booster and invite them to make an appointment.

You will either get a text or call from your local GP service or an invitation from the National Booking Service, which will allow you to choose a convenient centre for you to attend.

With a resurgence in both Covid and flu expected this winter, experts are urging eligible people to get protected as soon as they are invited to keep them and those around them safe and help communities live with the virus without restrictions.

The NHS will be using the new bivalent vaccines, which tackle both the Omicron and original variant of the virus.

As with previous campaigns, the oldest and most vulnerable are being called forward first, with people able to book online or by calling 119, as long as it has been three months since their last dose.

Steve Brennan, senior responsible officer for the vaccination programme in Kirklees, said: “Although life has gone back to normal for most people, Covid hasn’t gone away and the boosters will help make sure those at greatest risk maintain high levels of protection against Covid-19 this winter.

“Please do come forward for your booster when you are invited to ensure you and your loved ones stay protected. There is no need to contact your GP or the NHS – we will be in touch with you when it is your turn to get your booster.”

Frontline health and social care staff are also now able to book their autumn booster in line with JCVI guidance.

Some vaccination services will still be running on Monday September 19, which will now be a Bank Holiday for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

People who already have an appointment booked should still attend unless they are contacted and advised of any changes.

The NHS is asking anyone who had booked an appointment for this day but no longer wishes to attend to please make sure they cancel their appointment and book for another date.

The NHS says it is safe to have the Covid-19 and flu vaccinations at the same time but this may not always be possible so the NHS is asking people to get each vaccination as soon as they are invited.