More than 100,000 Rotherham residents have now received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine – a major milestone in the battle against the virus.
GP Practices are working as part of a unified approach taken in the borough, starting with the first targeted groups back in December.
The latest milestone means that NHS Rotherham CCG have now vaccinated around half the adult population of the borough.
All the local vaccination sites are continuing to work their way through all the Rotherham registered patients within groups 1 to 9 of the national high priority categories.
Following the Government’s announcement this week regarding vaccine supply there will be a reduced supply of vaccine during April for first doses.
NHS Rotherham CCG said in a statement: “We are working extremely hard in Rotherham to vaccinate those aged 50 years of age and over by the middle of April. We are in the process of contacting all those over 50 to make an appointment.”
If you are aged 50 and over and registered with a Rotherham GP practices (EXCLUDING Swallownest, Thurcroft, Dinnington and Kiveton Park practices – see below) – you can also contact the NHS to book an appointment for your first vaccination in Rotherham. Please send your forename, surname, date of birth, GP practice, contact phone number and postcode to email@example.com . If you are eligible for the vaccine, our booking team will contact you to arrange a suitable appointment.
If you are registered at Swallownest, Thurcroft, Dinnington and Kiveton Park – please send your forename, surname, date of birth, GP practice, contact phone number and postcode to Roccg.firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.
The CCG has received confirmation of the delivery of second dose vaccines into Rotherham for next week and those that received their first dose between January 7 – 10 2021 in a Rotherham Vaccination site will receive their second dose next week (between March 23 – 27).
The CCG added: “We are working extremely hard and around the clock to get these appointments out to patients as quickly as possible. Please look out for your appointment letter coming through the post.
“We can confirm that all patients will receive the same type of vaccine at same location as their first dose in January.”
Nearly 22 million people in England have received their first COVID-19 jab, more than half of adults across the country.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The UK’s vaccination rollout is a national success story. It’s a tribute to everyone involved and shows what our country can achieve when we work together.
“From the Vaccines Taskforce to the NHS, our armed forces and the people coming forward in their millions to get the jab – this has been a massive national effort.
“I’m delighted we are now expanding the rollout and inviting those aged 50-54 to book appointments.
“I’m determined that no one should miss out on the chance to protect themselves and the people they love or care for, and I urge everyone who’s eligible for the vaccine to come forward.”
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