Update from COVID-19 Vaccination Programme for Cheshire and Merseyside – 9th April

As of April 8, more than 1,577 million vaccines had been delivered across Cheshire and Merseyside. This means that approximately 96% of over 70-year-olds, 88% of health and social care staff, 92% of 65–69-year-olds and 87% of 50-59-year-olds have already received their first dose. Around 63% of over 80s and 60% of health and social care workers have also had their second dose.

As expected, the programme for first-dose delivery has slowed down this week. This is because vaccine producers informed NHSE/I that volumes for first doses will be significantly constrained in April. During this time, the priority is to double-down on cohorts 1-9 and continue to provide second doses for those who are eligible.

We urge anyone over the age of 50, or those deemed clinically vulnerable, to ensure they take up their offer to get vaccinated now. Text messages and letters are being sent to those eligible people who have not yet been vaccinated.

Public Health England has this week issued additional guidance around the AstraZenica (AZ) Covid-19 Vaccine. The full guidance can be found here.

The main element focuses on those aged 30 and under. The guidance has been release following a very small number of cases of blood clots after the delivery of the AZ vaccine, this appears to be more prevalent in younger people.

The guidance states: Currently JCVI has advised that it is preferable for people under 30 to have a vaccine other than AZ. If you choose to have another COVID-19 vaccine you may have to wait to be protected. You may wish to go ahead with the AZ vaccination after you have considered all the risks and benefits for you.”