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Sefton’s over 50s urged to book COVID-19 vaccinations

Local GPs are urging people aged over 50s in Sefton to book their jab COVID-19 vaccination. programme continues to make good progress.

Thousands of people have already 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.

Anyone over 50

Anyone aged over 50 living in Sefton can call their GP practice to book their vaccination appointment. Or they can book an appointment at a larger regional centre or pharmacy by going to nhs.uk/covid-vaccination  or by phoning 119.

Over half the adult population has now had their vital first vaccine dose. According to NHS figures, more nine out of 10 people aged 65 and over have already had their first dose.

Greater confidence

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.

“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.”

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.

Safe and effective

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG said: “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.

“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!”

Sefton GP, Dr Pete Chamberlain has shared a video update on the local COVID-19 vaccination programme and is urging residents who are aged over 50 or clinically vulnerable to book their vaccines now.