‘Over 50s; book your vaccine now!’ say Sefton GPs

Friday, March 19, 2021

Over 50s in Sefton are being urged by local GPs to book their jab, as the local vaccine programme continues to make good progress.

Thousands of people have had their first vaccine at centres across Sefton and GPs are reminding local over 50s who have yet to have theirs, to book their jabs now.

Dr Craig Gillespie local GP, chair and clinical director of NHS South Sefton CCG said: "Thousands of our residents most at risk of COVID-19 have already had their first dose at our local centres. As the vaccination programme progresses, we want to make sure everyone aged over 50 has had the chance to have theirs."

In just over 100 days the health service in England has given the vital first vaccine dose to more than half the adult population. Nine out of 10 people aged 65 and over have already taken up their first dose, according to NHS figures.

All adults aged over 50 and those who are clinically vulnerable against COVID-19 are being invited to book their vaccination.

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG says: "The MHRA, the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organisation have all been absolutely clear that the vaccines are safe and effective, and people should go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

While supplies are at good levels for the next two weeks, supply has always varied from week to week due to factors beyond the control of the NHS.

Dr Caudwell adds: "Appointments for first doses for over 50s are still available for the rest of March. So if you’re over 50 and haven’t booked your first dose yet, now is the time to do it!"

Dr Gillespie goes on to say: "As a GP, I’ve had my first jab. My dad who is 82 and my mum who is 77 have had the vaccine and were glad to do so. Both are fit and well and are relieved that they can now go out to shop for essentials with greater confidence.

"So we are asking everyone in Sefton aged over 50 to call their GP practice today and book your jab. We have appointments available at our vaccination centres even over the weekend, to make it as easy as possible to get your jab."

If you’re over 50 living in Sefton, call your GP practice to book your vaccination appointment, alternatively you can book an appointment at a larger regional centre and participating pharmacies by going to nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.

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