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Pop-up vaccine clinic returns to Bootle Cricket Club on Mondays 21st and 28th February

Photo showing someone wearing a mask being injected in their arm.People will be able to walk in and get their first, second or booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as a temporary pop-up clinic returns to Firwood Bootle Cricket Club on Mondays 21st and 28th February.

Success

Following the success of pop-up clinics over the festive period where more than 400 vaccinations were given, the site is reopening temporarily for two days later in February.

South Sefton residents aged 18 or over can simply turn up during opening hours to get their first, second or booster jab, with no appointment needed.

The COVID-19 vaccination site will be open at Firwood Bootle Cricket Club, Wadham Road, Bootle, L20 2DD, on the following dates:

  • Monday 21 February – 10am to 4pm
  • Monday 28 February – 10am to 4pm

Easier

Dr Pete Chamberlain, local GP and chair at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “NHS teams in Sefton continue to work hard to make sure everyone can access their COVID-19 vaccine, whether it is their first, second, or booster dose.

“This pop-up site will make it easier than ever for people to come along and get vaccinated.

“It’s not too late to get your first jab, while second jabs and booster doses greatly reduce the risk of serious illness from COVID-19, so please come along if you are eligible.”

Immunity

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s director of public health said recently: “We are not fully vaccinated unless we have had two jabs and a booster, even if we have recently had COVID-19.

“Vaccination doesn’t mean we can’t catch the virus or be re-infected but if we do, we have stronger immunity and will be far less likely to be seriously ill.”

Residents are being advised to plan ahead for their journey to the vaccination site, as parking is limited at the cricket club and is restricted on nearby roads.

To find more local vaccination sites in Sefton, visit the NHS South Sefton CCG website: www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/get-informed/latest-news/walk-in-or-book-a-covid-19-vaccine

To find out more about the COVID-19 booster vaccine, who is eligible, and to book an appointment online through the national booking system, visit the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-booster-vaccine.

Sefton health bosses’ MMR vaccination reminder

Photograph of child having MMR vaccination injectionWith national reports of a “significant drop” in the number of children being vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), health bosses are urging parents and guardians to make sure their children are protected.

As many as one in 10 eligible children under the age of five in England have not yet had both MMR vaccines.

Serious effects

These children are not properly protected, which means they are at risk of the serious effects these diseases can have.

Chest and ear infections, fits, diarrhoea, and even brain damage can result from complications with measles. Mumps can cause viral meningitis, encephalitis and temporary hearing loss, while rubella can have very serious consequences if caught during pregnancy and can result in babies being born with heart problems or brain damage.

Disability

Dr Pete Chamberlain, chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local GP, said: “Measles, mumps and rubella are serious infections on the rise that can cause death or long-term disability. If your child is between one and five years old, we would ask that you make sure they get two doses of the MMR vaccine before their fifth birthday.

“Your GP practice will provide these vaccines free of charge to all children, to provide them with the best start in life.”

Please contact your GP to book your child’s first or second dose. You can also visit www.nhs.uk/MMR to find out more about the vaccination and when your children should have them.

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG and local GP, said: “If your child hasn’t yet had both of their MMR vaccines, no matter what age they are, it’s not too late.

To ensure the ongoing protection from measles, mumps and rubella across the whole community, it is important that 95% of people have the MMR vaccination.

Dangerous

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health said: “Vaccinations are vitally important to protect individuals and our wider community by driving down rates of infection.

“Although sometime dismissed along with mumps and rubella as a childhood disease, measles is dangerous, unpleasant to catch and can cause very serious complications, in otherwise healthy people. Since the introduction of the measles vaccine in 1968, 20 million measles cases and 4,500 deaths have been prevented in the UK.

“The more people who have the MMR vaccination, the safer we all are, and I would urge parents and guardians in Sefton to ensure their children are immunised. If you are not sure if your child is up to date with all their routine vaccinations check their Red Book (personal child health record) ”

Protect and nurture

Abigail Cattlin, Chair of the Southport Ormskirk Sefton (SOS) Maternity Voices Partnership, said: “Our aim as parents and guardians is to protect and nurture our children, and vaccinations against terrible diseases like measles, mumps and rubella are so important to keep them safe and healthy. Let’s work together to keep every child safe.”

Find out more.

Sefton Council supporting Children’s Mental Health Week 2022.

Spread the Word ad for Children's Mental Health WeekSefton Council is joining the Borough’s CCGs and the CAMHS partnership in Sefton to support Children’s Mental Health Week 2022.

Taking place from Monday 7th to Sunday 13th February, this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week has a theme of ‘Growing Together’. Children and adults across the Borough are being asked to consider how they have grown, and how they can help others to grow.

In the UK, social workers have warned that since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of children with mental health problems has risen steeply. Official figures show a 25% increase as the effects of successive lockdowns and school closures take hold.

As many as one in six children and young people have a diagnosable mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. Growing Together is about developing emotionally and using challenges and setbacks as starting point to adapt and trying new things.

Moving beyond our comfort zone into a new realm of possibility and potential but this emotional growth process is often a gradual one that sometimes leaves us feeling a bit ‘stuck’. That’s where the local support services can help.

The Council and its partners will be using the week to signpost links to the Borough’s mental health and emotional support services using the #SeftonGrowingTogether hashtag.

Find out about Sefton CAMHS.

Triplets have first jab as health leader encourages young people to get vaccinated

Triplets John-Paul, Joshua and Samuel Aney, aged 13, getting their first COVID-19 vaccine dose at Netherton Health Centre.
Triplets John-Paul, Joshua and Samuel Aney, aged 13, getting their first COVID-19 vaccine dose at Netherton Health Centre.

Triplets John-Paul, Joshua and Samuel Aney, aged 13, seized the opportunity to get their first COVID-19 vaccine dose at Netherton Health Centre recently.

The 13 year olds will now be eligible for their second dose in 12 weeks time.

Families

Families across Sefton are being urged to get their children protected against coronavirus and use the online booking system to secure their appointment, or call their local centre to book in.

All children aged 12 to 15 can get a 1st dose and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (including children who turn 12 on the date of vaccination).

To get their vaccination, children or parents can:

No pressure

If you or your child are unsure about getting vaccinated, you can also go along to your nearest site and discuss with staff without pressure to get the jab.

Dr Ken Lamden, a local GP working on the vaccination programme, said: “We know that the best protection against coronavirus is to get vaccinated and I’d urge everyone, whatever your age, to come forward and get vaccinated as soon as it is possible.

“Anyone yet to come forward for their booster, first or second dose should check where there nearest site is and take steps to get protected now – it’s not too late.”

12 to 15s

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has also issued advice that 12 to 15-year-olds should be offered a booster vaccine no sooner than three months after their second vaccination if:

  • They are in a clinical risk group or who are a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed
  • They are severely immunosuppressed and have had a third primary dose.

16 to 17s

Latest JCVI guidance advises that children and young people aged 16 to 17 years should be offered a booster of COVID-19 vaccine no sooner than three months after completion of their first dose.

Parents and guardians are asked to attend vaccination sites with their children if they are getting jabbed outside of school, and consent will be sought on the day.

Parents and young people are being asked to read the patient information in advance of arriving for their appointment.

14 million

In the North West, more than 14 million total doses of vaccine have been delivered since the vaccination programme began in December 2020, including almost 3.7 million boosters.

Anyone yet to have a first, second or third dose can book in online through the National Booking Service if it has been three months since your last dose and, if relevant, 28 days since testing positive for COVID if you are aged 18 and over.

To check eligibility and find a range of information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme, visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/who-can-get-the-vaccine

Jamie Carragher says ‘let’s get boosted’ as he grabs a jab

Jamie Carragher gets his jab and says ‘let’s get boosted’

Former Liverpool Football Club player, Jamie Carragher recently paid a visit to a vaccination site in Sefton to get his COVID-19 booster jab and encouraged others to get their vaccines.

Jamie booked his booster jab at Netherton Health Centre as soon as he was eligible after his second dose of the vaccine to help increase his protection from the virus. He chatted to staff on site and shared a printed message to local residents saying ‘Let’s get boosted’.

Manager

Jenny Macoy is site manager at the COVID-19 vaccination centre, run by GP practices working together as part of the local primary care network. She welcomed the football star and thanked him for helping support the NHS’ message to get protected from COVID-19.

She said: “It’s wonderful when someone like Jamie sets a great example by getting protected both for himself and his community. So many people, especially young people, in Sefton look up to him and will hopefully decide to follow in his footsteps and get vaccinated.

“It’s not too late to get your booster jab or even your first or second dose, so check if you’re eligible and get booked in today.”

Champions

Fiona Taylor, chief officer at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, congratulated NHS staff, volunteers and members of the armed forces for achieving the Government’s target to offer every eligible adult in England a booster jab by the end of 2021.

She said: “In my eyes our vaccination teams and NHS colleagues are champions, pulling out all the stops to get so many people protected in such a short period of time.

“We can all do our bit to help support our NHS staff by getting vaccinated to help stop the spread of the virus. Thank you to everybody who has come forward for their jabs so far.”

Eligible

Around 79% of eligible adults in England have now received their booster jab including approximately 90% of eligible people aged 50 and over. Those now eligible to book a booster are people who had their second COVID-19 vaccine at least three months ago, and are:

  • Aged 16 and over
  • Aged 12-15 with a health condition that puts them at high risk from COVID-19, or who live with someone who has a weakened immune system

Those eligible for their booster vaccine can also pre-book a booster appointment from two months after their second dose.

Positive

Anyone who has caught the COVID-19 virus will need to wait before getting their next dose of the vaccine. If you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test and you are eligible for a booster jab you are advised to:

  • Wait 4 weeks (28 days) if you’re aged 18 years old or over
  • Wait 12 weeks (84 days) if you’re aged 12 to 17 years old
  • Wait 4 weeks (28 days) if you’re aged 12 to 17 years old and at high risk from COVID-19

To find local vaccination sites in Sefton, visit the NHS South Sefton CCG website: www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/get-informed/latest-news/walk-in-or-book-a-covid-19-vaccine

To find out more about who is eligible for the COVID-19 booster vaccine, and to find a walk-in vaccination site or book an appointment through the national booking system, visit the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-booster-vaccine

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