75% of the adult population in Rotherham have now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as the local teams are now urging people aged 30 and over to get booked in for a jab.
GP Practices are working as part of a unified approach taken in the borough, starting with the first targeted groups back in December. They have now administered over 250,000 vaccines (1st and 2nd dose).
An update from Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “All our Rotherham vaccination sites are still working extremely hard to make sure we vaccinate as many people as possible to give to best protection against COVID -19.
“We don’t want to miss anyone, especially with the ongoing concerns about the Delta variant (formerly known as the Indian variant). Therefore, it is extremely important that if you are AGED 30 OR OVER, are registered with a Rotherham GP and are yet to receive your first vaccination that you contact us to book an appointment as soon as possible.”
NHS chief executive, Sir Simon Stevens, said: “The NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in health service history, fastest in Europe and most precise in the world, has continued at pace as this week it opened up to everyone in their thirties.
“It is remarkable that, in little over two weeks, the NHS has vaccinated more than half of those in their thirties. This success is no happy accident but the result of months of careful planning and the sheer hard work and dedication of NHS staff.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is our most effective weapon against coronavirus and the best way of protecting yourself and loved ones, so if you do one thing this bank holiday weekend, book your lifesaving jab and crucially if you’re contacted by the NHS to do so, bring forward your second dose of vital protection.”
In Rotherham, 2nd doses of the COVID vaccine are now being administered at around eight weeks after 1st dose in line with updated national guidance.
Across England, 13.5 million first and second doses were given out in May, making it the highest month on record. During the month the NHS was giving 12,500 jabs every hour.
More than half of people in England are now fully vaccinated thanks to efforts of NHS staff with 23,077,511 people receiving both doses, giving them maximum protection against COVID.