The UK remains on track to achieve the Prime Minister’s target of offering a first dose to those aged 50 and over by mid-April, as well as all adults by the end of July.
“Our spectacular vaccination programme has now delivered over 5 million second doses, giving those most vulnerable to COVID – including half of all those aged over 80 – the best possible protection. This is vital so everyone can get the strongest possible protection against COVID-19 as we progress along the road to freedom, allowing us to reclaim the things we love.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock
The country is already seeing a significant impact from the vaccination programme on reducing hospitalisations and deaths, with at least 6,100 deaths prevented in those aged 70 and older in England up to the end of February. All vaccines being used in the UK have undergone robust clinical trials and have met the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s strict standards of safety, effectiveness and quality.
A cause for concern
We are seeing an increase in patients not attending their vaccination appointment and it is really important that we minimise this to avoid unnecessary waste.
If you have not already received notification from your GP practice regarding your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, you will shortly be receiving one.
When you get your appointment, please make every effort to attend, it is essential that you complete the course.
Please ensure that you turn up at the clinics for your vaccination and if you are unable to attend, please inform your surgery. We can allocate your place to someone else, we can not afford to waste vaccines.
Paula Varndell-Dawes Kernow Health East
Data from the Public Health England (PHE) real-world study shows that both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines are highly effective in reducing coronavirus (COVID-19) among older people aged 70 years and over.
The country is already seeing a significant impact from the vaccination programme on reducing hospitalisations and deaths, with at least 6,100 deaths prevented in those aged 70 and older in England up to the end of February.
The vaccines are available free of charge and are available from thousands of vaccine centres, GP practices and pharmacies, and we want everyone to take up the offer of an appointment when they are invited – all those 50 and over can book a jab now. Around 98% of people live within 10 miles of a vaccination centre in England,
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