Dr Darran Harris has issued a COVID-19 vaccination update in West Lancashire and asked for the public’s continued support as clinics in the region continue to vaccinate residents.
The latest update issued by NHS West Lancashire CCG last week showed nearly 48,000 doses had been given out in West Lancs, with 93.2 per cent of people aged 60 and over given at least a first dose.
As well as thanking staff and volunteers for their help at vaccination sites, Dr Harris, from the Aughton Surgery, also asked the public for their help by doing the following:
- Not turning up at a vaccination site without an appointment, which could cause unnecessary interruptions
- Notifying sites if you are unable to make an appointment
- Treating all staff and volunteers with courtesy and respect at all times.
For many of those who were vaccinated at the start of the programme, the time will come over the next few weeks to return for their second dose.
The NHS has been planning meticulously to ensure that people can get that second dose when it is the right time for them to do so, and all vaccination services have now received supply allocations for the first three weeks for second doses to allow them to plan clinics.
The same vaccine should be used for both doses, and those who received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in December can be assured that there is enough supply going to the right places to ensure that they can get their second dose.
The first dose of both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine offer good levels of protection, but to get maximum protection from COVID-19, everyone will need to get a second dose.
We are therefore urging people to come forward for their second dose of the vaccine when they are contacted or if they have an appointment booked.