People in Lincolnshire who are booked in during April to have their second COVID vaccination are being urged to keep their appointments.
To-date across the UK, the NHS has given over 39 million vaccines as at 13 April, including over seven million second doses, which means that over one in ten people have now received both a first and a second covid vaccination, ensuring maximum protection from the virus over the coming months.
“Having focused on giving first vaccinations to people in cohorts 1-9 over the last few months, during April we are shifting our attention on to ensuring people get their second dose of the vaccination,” explains Dr Dave Baker, GP and South West Lincolnshire Locality Lead, NHS Lincolnshire CCG.
“Our message to people is clear – having two vaccinations gives the best possible protection against covid. So please make sure you attend for your second vaccination when called, it really is vitally important,” adds Dr Baker.
This message is being backed by Lincolnshire’s Public Health team, as Andy Fox, Assistant Director of Public Health, explains:
“We should all aim to maximise the protection we get against covid, and crucially the best way to do this is by having two doses of the vaccine. It is also very important that we all continue to follow the guidance around social distancing – hands, face, space, fresh air – as this will also help to prevent transmission, in addition to helping maximise protection.”
An NHS spokesman said: “If you know of someone else, perhaps a family member or friend, who is due to attend for their second vaccination, please encourage them to do so when they are called.
“Second doses of both available vaccines will be administered towards the end of the recommended vaccine dosing schedule of 12 weeks. This will maximise the number of people getting the vaccine and therefore receiving protection.
“The success of the vaccination programme across the country can be seen in the reduction in hospitalisations and deaths from COVID, with at least 6,100 deaths prevented in people aged 70 and over in England up to the end of February.”
There are two ways that your second dose appointment will be made
1. For some people your appointment will have been made when you attended for your first vaccination and the date and time will have been noted on your vaccine record card – bring this card with you when you attend your second dose appointment.
2. If you were not given an appointment for your second dose at your first appointment this will be made and you will be contacted near to when your second dose is due – this is usually around the 11th week point or between 77-84 days. If you are not contacted by this point please get in touch with your GP so that your second appointment can be arranged. Please do not contact them before this time as they will not be able to help. Please remember to take your vaccine record card to your second dose appointment.
In most cases the interval between the first and second vaccinations is around 12 weeks. If it is a little later than this you will still be protected and it is not a cause for concern. If you are unwell, it is better to wait until you have recovered to have your vaccine, but you should try to have it as soon as possible.
- Over 45s can also now book appointments.
An NHS spokesman said: “Following the confirmation nationally that everyone over 50, and those in high risk groups, have been offered a first dose of the covid vaccination, people aged 45 and over are now able to book their covid-19 vaccination, as the rollout out of the covid vaccine programme enters its second phase.
“Appointments to have the vaccination at one of Lincolnshire’s Large Vaccination Centres – Boston PRSA or the Lincolnshire Showground – can be made on the national booking website www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119 free of charge between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week.
“Alternatively you can have your vaccination at your Local Vaccination Site – if you would prefer to do this, please wait to be contacted and we will confirm the details of where your appointment will be, or contact your practice/Local Vaccination Site.”