Covid-19 vaccination programme
The NHS vaccination programme has made a strong start - in just two months, the health service has given the vital first vaccine dose to more than 15 million people, opened more than 1,500 vaccination services, visited over 10,000 care homes and issued over six million invitations from the National Booking Service.
The last invites to those aged 70 and over or on the Shielded Patients list who are yet to be vaccinated have now been delivered, and the NHS has been following up directly with those we haven’t heard from yet, as well as going out to housebound patients.
If you are in that group, or you are a frontline health or social care worker, and you haven’t had your vaccine yet for whatever reason, it’s not too late to come forward.
The vaccine is safe, highly effective, and it could save your life. You can book quickly and simply at nhs.uk/covidvaccination, or by phoning 119 if you can’t use the internet. If you can’t find a suitable slot through that service, please contact your GP.
NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver what it is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as dealing with high levels of Covid-19 hospital patients, but we need the public to play their part too:
- unless you are over 70 or on the Shielded Patient List, please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you when it is the right time;
- when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments at exactly the time you’re asked to, so that we can avoid queues in this cold weather;
- and whether you have had your vaccine or not, please continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus and save lives.
The rollout of the vaccine involves a wide range of organisations working together. The NHS locally, regionally and nationally is leading the work, but with significant support from Lancashire County Council, Cumbria County Council, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Blackpool Council, our district councils, the military, police and many more.
Learn about how the vaccination roll out is happening across the area on the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria website. This information contains a selection of helpful FAQs and information on local sites. You can access it at: https://www.healthierlsc.co.uk/CovidVaccination