The NHS vaccination programme has opened for every adult in Rotherham.
GP Practices are working as part of a unified approach taken in the borough, starting with the first targeted groups back in December.
Everyone over the age of 18 is now being invited to book their COVID-19 vaccination through the local vaccination service.
As the number of Delta variant cases increase nationally, it is extremely important that eligible people come forward to have their COVID-19 vaccine to help protect them, their loved ones and their communities from the virus.
In addition, second doses of the vaccine are now being administered at around eight weeks after first dose in line with updated national guidance.
Ian Atkinson, Covid Vaccine Lead for Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We have now administered 300,000 Covid vaccines across our Rotherham place since we started exactly six months ago. I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a fantastic achievement.
“We have now seen that 80% of our Rotherham registered population have received a first dose of the vaccine – that’s 167,000 people. I’m also pleased to say that 63% of our Rotherham registered population have now had both doses of vaccine – that’s 133,000 people.
“We thank everybody coming forward for the vaccine and also to our staff and volunteers that have administered the vaccine.
“I’m also pleased to say that we have got lots of vaccine available in Rotherham for residents to take up the offer of vaccine and we are now invited all 18-year-olds and above into our Rotherham vaccination sites.”
Information on how to book can be found here and a number of walk-in sites across the borough are being planned.
Sir Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive said: “The NHS COVID vaccination programme continues in full swing as the finishing line comes into sight.
“It is fantastic to see so many young people coming forward to play their part, protecting themselves, their friends and their family – nearly nine million people in their twenties and thirties have now had their first dose.
“NHS staff are pulling out all the stops to get jabs in arms with pop-up sites in shopping centres and mass events at football stadiums all adding to the huge network of services that have now delivered more than 62 million lifesaving jabs.
“After vaccinating those at greatest risk, all adults are now eligible. So if you have not had your jab yet don’t delay, book it today, and if you are contacted to rebook your second dose, please book in – it is easier than ever to arrange and will give you maximum protection from the virus.”
Images: Rotherham CCG