Staffordshire Covid-19 Vaccination update
Wow it’s the beginning of March already can you believe it? This month we will see the first day of spring which means longer days and lighter evenings – and hopefully a bit of sunshine and warmth!
Not only is it the start of a new month but also a new way of living with all remaining COVID-19 restrictions being lifted. We are however, urging residents to continue to act with caution as the country learns to ‘live with COVID’. Get vaccinated to reduce your risk of catching COVID-19 and becoming seriously ill, and to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others.
The COVID-19 vaccine is making a big difference to help protect us all. It does not remove the virus entirely, but research shows it can prevent the worst effects, including ‘long COVID’ effects such as extreme weakness and tiredness. It can also protect you and those around you from catching the virus as easily.
It is great to see that many people are still coming forward for their first vaccine and we are encouraging more people to come forward to join the 75% of people in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent who have received theirs. We need everyone to do their bit and have their vaccine as early as they can.
A booster, or third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine helps improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine. Everyone aged 16 and over who had a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least three months ago can get a booster dose. Some children aged 12 to 15 can get a booster dose if they have a condition that puts them at high risk from COVID-19 or they live with someone who has a weakened immune system. 83% of people who are eligible for boosters have already come forward and we encourage anyone who is due their next dose to have it without a delay.
It’s important to mention that people of any age who are immunosuppressed and have received two primary doses and a booster, should have received letters from their GP inviting them to come forward and have their fourth dose of the vaccine now. If you know someone who falls in this category, please check that they have received a letter and ask if they need any support to book a vaccination. More information on this can be found below.
Booking an appointment is easy, just visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 to book your first or second dose. There are also convenient vaccine walk-in clinics where you don’t need an appointment, you can find your closest location here www.nhs.uk/grab-a-jab.
Neil Carr Paddy Hannigan
Senior Responsible Officer Clinical Lead
COVID-19 vaccination programme COVID-19 vaccination Programme
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent vaccine uptake statistics: 2nd March 2022
2,383,456 vaccines have been administered to our population:
• First dose: 887,633 – 75.7%
• Second dose: 835,005 – 71.2%
• Booster dose: 660,818 – 83.3%
We would like to thank everyone involved in the vaccine programme, your dedication and hard work is admirable.