The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS is encouraging people aged 45 or over to book their Covid-19 vaccination, building on the 478,688 doses already successfully delivered across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough as part of the most successful vaccination programme in NHS history.
Dr David Vickers, medical director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust which runs the large scale vaccination centres in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough explained:
“Everyone aged 50 and over, as well as thousands of health and social care workers, unpaid carers and people at higher clinical risk have been offered their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination. Nineteen in 20 of the most vulnerable people have received a vaccination. Vaccines are still available for people in these cohorts, so if you are in these groups and haven’t take it up yet, there is still time.
“Now we have reached this important milestone, alongside making sure those who are due it can receive their second dose, we are offering first doses to people aged 45 – 49.
“We are extending our opening hours one day a week over the next four weeks at the East of England Showground, Peterborough so that Muslims observing Ramadan can receive the jab after they have eaten and make it easier for people to find a convenient slot. I want to reiterate the advice issued by the British Islamic Medical Association which urges Muslims observing Ramadan not to delay getting the vaccine as these injections for non-nutritional purposes do not invalidate the fast.”
On the following dates, people can book appointments between 2.00 pm through to 10.00 pm via www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by telephoning 119 free of charge:
- ·19 and 27 April 2021
- ·5 and 11 May 2021
Dr Gary Howsam, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group Chair and local GP added:
“We’re making really strong progress with vaccinations across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with more than 478,000 doses already delivered to those at greatest risk from COVID-19.”
“Millions of people across the country are already benefiting from protection from the virus and this has contributed to the dramatic falls in infections, hospitalisations and deaths from the virus we are now seeing.”
NHS staff are still having to work hard to deliver the largest vaccination drive in our history, at the same time as providing care for everyone who needs it. So we need the public to continue to play their part too:
- ·unless you have been invited before, please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you when it is the right time;
- ·please attend your booked appointments at exactly the time you’re asked to, and make sure you come back for your second dose;
- ·and whether you have had your vaccine or not, please continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus and save lives.