Local NHS Clinician urges people to get vital second jab.
As the largest ever NHS vaccination programme enters its last lap Surrey Heartlands CCG’s Clinical Chair, Dr Charlotte Canniff has encouraged local residents to come forward for their first jab and remember to get their second dose, which they called “vital and lifesaving”.
The plea comes as people aged 40 and over are now able to book in their second jab on the national booking system from eight weeks after their first dose.
With everyone over the age of 21 now able to book in for the lifesaving vaccine, eligible people are being urged to get their first or second jab as soon as possible.
NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens announced on Tuesday that all people aged 18 and over will be eligible for the lifesaving jab by the end of the week.
Research this week showed how important the second jab is at protecting people against the Delta/Indian variant.
Studies have found the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be 96% effective against hospitalisation after two doses, while the Oxford-AztraZenaca is 92% effective.
The last push comes as the NHS in England passed the milestone of having delivered 60 million doses across England in just six months.
Over 1 million people have been jabbed so far in the Surrey Heartlands area which covers the majority of Surrey, at over 17 f local vaccination sites.
Dr Charlotte Canniff, Clinical Chair, Surrey Heartlands CCG said: “Thanks to the incredible work of NHS staff up and down the country, more than three quarters of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with over half having received both.
“I am thrilled than that in Surrey Heartlands, 76% of adults have had a first dose and 53% have had a second, and in doing so, are helping the country as a whole beat this devastating virus.
“The offer of the vaccine is evergreen, so if you have been invited but are yet to make an appointment, please do so today and bring us one step closer to freedom.”
Bookings can be made via the National Booking Service, while people who cannot get online can call the service on 119 for extra support in doing so. Anyone eligible may also be contacted by their local GP-led service inviting them to have their vaccine.
Text invitations appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’, including a web link to the NHS website to making a booking.
Vaccinations are being administered at more than 1,600 sites across the country, including mosques, museums and rugby grounds, meaning the vast majority of the people live within 10 miles of at least one vaccination service.
You will be offered a choice of appointments at NHS Vaccination Centres or pharmacy-led vaccination services, as well as some GP-led sites.