Health chiefs urge over 50s to get their Covid-19 vaccine

Residents over the age of 50 are being urged to book their first Covid-19 vaccine if they have not received it yet.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 10:00 am
Residents over the age of 50 are being urged to get their Covid vaccine if they have not had it yet.

Health chiefs say Northumberland has the highest uptake percentage of population vaccinated already in the North East but are keen to ensure people do not slip through the net.

Richard Hay, head of planning and operations at Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is encouraging any over 50's in South East Northumberland who have not been vaccinated yet – and want to receive one – to make themselves known to their GP practice and book an appointment.

And those with underlying health conditions are also being urged to get in touch with their GP to book an appointment.

Mr Hay said: “We've seen a really fantastic uptake. Northumberland has got the highest uptake in the North East with 56.2 per cent of the population vaccinated already.

"The over 50s have an uptake of 90 per cent which is fantastic.

"I’m delighted with how it’s gone so far, especially when you look at the challenges we have with the geography of the county.

"We are encouraging everyone who hasn’t come forward yet to do so and get vaccinated. They need to make themselves known to their GP as we want to make sure they haven’t been missed.”

So far in Northumberland, 185,000 first doses have been given and 56,000 second doses.

There are ten vaccination services operated by GPs, seven community pharmacy sites with three more coming online soon.

Mr Hay said they were hoping to have offered everyone over the age 18 their first vaccine by July 31.

The CCG is reminding people that although lockdown measures are starting to ease and vaccinations taking place, that residents should still continue to follow all the hands, face, space and fresh air guidance.

Residents can contact their GP to book their vaccine appointment if they have not received one already.

They can also book via the national booking system at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or by calling 119.