Over-50s and vulnerable urged to book Covid-19 jab and turn up for second dose

Jane Kirby, PA Health Editor
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The head of the NHS is urging anyone who is eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine to book one immediately and for people to turn up for second doses when called.

April will see fewer available vaccines due to a slowdown in supply from India, with GPs told to concentrate on delivering second doses and vaccinating the over-50s and vulnerable groups.

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “We’re well on track to meet our April 15 goal of offering NHS Covid vaccination to everyone aged 50 and over, as well as other high risk groups.

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“In just the past two weeks, we’ve now jabbed nearly 85% of people aged 50-54, and over three million of the highest risk people have also now had their top-up second dose.”

NHS medical director, Professor Stephen Powis, added: “Our fantastic staff, helped by local organisations and volunteers, have done everything in their power to jab millions of people at speed – an incredible achievement.

“As we start to see signs of normal life returning – seeing family or friends outdoors – protecting those most at risk is even more important.

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“So, if you have not been jabbed and are eligible, please do book in – staff are working hard to protect as many as possible, as supply allows.

“I had my jab a few weeks ago – it is easy, quick and effective.”

Those over 50 can book a vaccine via their GP or the central vaccine booking website. People who are clinically vulnerable or a health and care worker can contact their GP for an appointment.