Covid-19 vaccine update – 21st May 2021

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As of May 18, approximately 2.407 million vaccines doses had been delivered across Cheshire and Merseyside. That means that more than 67% of the adult population of Cheshire and Merseyside have had their first and/or second dose of the vaccine.

More than 94% of 80-year-olds and above and health workers, have had their first jab and 86% have already received their second jab. More than 83% of 50–54-year-olds have had their first dose and 67% of 40-49-year-olds have also had their first dose.

People aged 37 and over can now get their Covid-19 jab and it is expected that this invites for those aged 35 and above will begin to be sent out later this week. Around 1 million text messages have been sent to newly eligible people across the country. Eligible people can book their appointment online or by phone; by calling 119 or visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Second Dose Response

The most vulnerable people in Cheshire and Merseyside are to be offered their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine earlier than originally planned – to help tackle rising cases of the variant first identified in India.

This is so people that are at greater risk of getting seriously ill due to coronavirus, can get maximum protection earlier.

Appointments for a second dose of a vaccine will be brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for the remaining people in the top nine priority groups. This includes the over 50s and other vulnerable people.

The move follows updated advice from the independent experts at the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which is aimed at ensuring people have the strongest possible protection from the virus as quickly as possible.

People should attend their second dose appointments as currently planned, unless they receive an update. Nobody needs to contact the NHS to alter their appointments. People who are due to have their appointments brought forward will be notified.

Those aged under 50 will continue to get their first dose, with their second dose at 12 weeks in line with the original plan.

People who have not yet had their second dose after 12 weeks should make sure they get an appointment as they are not fully protected until they have had both doses.

Anyone who has now gone over 12 weeks (84 days) since their first dose and has yet to receive their second dose should contact their GP in the first instance.

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