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15.12.2021

Letter from Vaccination leads in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Vaccination Programme Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Act now to support you, your family and your community against Omicron COVID-19 cases are quickly rising with the new Omicron variant.
As we adapt to this unknown virus, and the new variant, we must ask everyone to do their bit and get their booster vaccine.
The science is clear – two doses is not enough and only a third dose will offer protection for you, your family and your community.
For those people who are immunosuppressed (weakened immune system) you will be invited for a fourth (booster) dose through your hospital consultant.
If you have not yet had your first or second dose, it is not too late. Please don’t be embarrassed, the NHS will be happy to offer you a first or second dose.
 
Remember, it takes two to three weeks for a vaccine to have an impact, so please come forward now. Our hospital wards are under pressure, with people who have not had their vaccine. We are predicting a difficult January for the NHS, with rising COVID-19 cases, and if we want to reduce the risk of further social restrictions in our local community, we need to act now.
If you have questions about the vaccine, please don’t listen to the myths. Instead, find out the facts on the NHS website. COVID-19 and long-COVID are terrible illnesses – the vaccines are tried and tested and are our best hope. Please also continue to keep testing and maintaining hands, face, space and fresh air to reduce the spread of the virus.
There are three ways to get your vaccine before 31 December 2021:
• Book online through the National Booking System by visiting www.nhs.uk
• Phone 119 (free to call)
• Attend a walk-in clinic, the details can be found on our website
at https://www.twbstaffsandstoke.org.uk/coronavirus/how-to-get-a-vaccinewhere-and-travelling

We are increasing the number of appointments, so please keep checking for the latest availability.

Our GP practices are very busy, treating urgent cases and delivering vaccinations.
Please do not contact your GP practice directly to ask for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

 

Neil Carr – Senior Responsible Officer

Dr Paddy Hannigan –  GP and Clinical Lead

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