NORTH Wales' health board is urging people to get their Covid-19 booster jabs.

Anyone eligible for an autumn booster can now walk in to a Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board vaccination centre to increase their protection against the virus this winter.

Drop in vaccinations will be available at community vaccination clinics from Thursday December 7. Locations, dates and times of clinics are available on the health board website.

Eligible groups include people aged 65 and over, anyone with a long-term health condition, and people who live with or care for someone who is more vulnerable to COVID-19. A full list is available here.

Health and care staff will also be offered a flu vaccine when they drop in to clinics.

If you have already received an appointment

If you have already received a letter with details of your booster appointment, you can stick to the date and time on your letter or choose to drop into a vaccination centre at an earlier date. If you choose to drop in, there is no need to cancel your appointment.

People who do drop in are urged to be patient – you may face a short wait at busier times. Please be prepared to help the teams by waiting for a slot to become available.

Please take up your offer of vaccination

Teams have so far delivered more than 140,000 COVID-19 Autumn booster vaccines to many of the most vulnerable people in North Wales.

The health board would like to thank people in North Wales for coming forward in such large numbers. Everyone eligible for the COVID-19 Autumn booster and flu vaccine is urged to take up the offer of vaccination.

The vaccines help to protect people who are more vulnerable to these potentially serious viruses. They reduce the chances of you catching COVID-19 or flu, and will reduce the likely severity of your symptoms if you do.

They also help to protect the wider community from outbreaks, and reduce the pressure on local NHS services during the busiest time of the year.

Getting vaccinated now will boost your protection in time for Christmas – helping you and your family to enjoy the festive season with the best possible protection against winter viruses.