THE 200,000th Covid-19 vaccination was administered in Basingstoke last week, given to a 20-year-old man.

The milestone moment was marked by Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Integrated Care System who tweeted a photo of Harrison Perrin, from Basingstoke, receiving the jab on October 14.

After catching Covid earlier this year, he said: “After going through one of the biggest scares of my life I thought I should go and have the vaccine.”

Covid vaccinations are now being offered to 12 to 15-year-olds.

Although this age group is at low risk of contracting the more serious forms of Covid, vaccinations will keep them safe as well as protect the people around them and help prevent further disruptions to their education.

The Covid-19 booster programme is also being rolled out, with those who have already received two doses of a vaccine, who are most at risk from Covid, offered an additional vaccine dose.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has said that the booster jab should be offered in the same order as the first part of the vaccination programme, as follows:

-Those living in residential care homes for older adults

-All adults aged 50 years or over

-Frontline health and social care workers

-All those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe Covid-19, and adult carers

-Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals

The JCVI advises that the booster vaccine dose should be offered no earlier than six months after completion of the first course of vaccination.

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group advises that those eligible should wait for the NHS to get in touch to arrange a booster vaccine.

Those eligible can expect to receive a call or text from their local GP-led site to receive a jab, or they will be invited by the National Booking Service.