More than 430,000 Covid vaccinations have been given across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight so far this autumn.

There are still eligible people being encouraged to come forward to protect themselves this winter.

They can book via the national booking system, on the NHS app, by calling 119 or through the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Covid-19 vaccine helpline on 0300 561 0018 – the line is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

GP Dr Matt Nisbet, who leads the programme, said: “Our vaccine programme has been going from strength to strength, and thank you to everyone who has come forward to get their Covid-19 vaccination.

“It’s great that around half the people attending our clinics are having both flu and Covid-19 vaccines at the same time, which is completely safe and gives you your best chance of staying well this winter.

“Getting a vaccine will help protect you and your loved ones – even if it doesn’t stop you getting Covid-19 or flu it will mean that you are less unwell and less likely to need hospital treatment.”

People eligible during this year’s vaccination campaign include those who will be 65 or older on March 31, care home residents, front line health and social care staff, those at increased risk because they are pregnant or have a certain underlying health condition, unpaid carers and household contacts of people with a weakened immune system.

There are still nearly 60,000 Covid vaccination appointments available to book over the next four weeks.