NHS asks over-70s in England to book Covid vaccine appointment | Coronavirus

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People over 70 in England are being urged to arrange to have a Covid-19 vaccine if they have not already been inoculated, in a change of tactics by the NHS.

Until now the NHS has asked people not to contact them and to wait to be invited to come for their first dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Astra Zeneca/Oxford vaccine.

But now they are advising anyone aged over 70 who has not yet had their first shot to get in touch to arrange to have it to help maximise the total number of people vaccinated.

The switch comes days before the 15 February deadline Boris Johnson set last month for the NHS to offer to vaccinate the 14 million people in the UK in the top four priority groups who are most at risk from Covid. They also include care home residents and staff, all health and social care staff and people judged to be “extremely clinically vulnerable” because they have poor underlying health or are undergoing cancer treatment, for example.

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said the move would help save lives.

“Thanks to the huge efforts of the NHS, volunteers and local authorities we have vaccinated an incredible 12 million vulnerable people so far, including around nine in 10 of all over-70s,” he said.

“We are on track to meet our goal of offering everyone in the top four priority groups a jab.

“So far we have said please wait until the NHS contacts you. I now urge everyone aged 70 and over who hasn’t yet had a vaccination to come forward and contact the NHS to book in their jab.”

He added: “And if you have grandparents, relatives and friends over 70, please encourage them to book an appointment as soon as possible, so they can be protected against this awful virus.

“Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic and, by ensuring you and your loved ones get booked in for a jab, the NHS can give those most at risk the protection they need as we continue to fight this disease together.”

People can book their appointments using the website http://www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119. If a suitable and convenient slot is not available people can also ring their GP practice.

People aged 70-74 and the extremely clinically vulnerable comprise the fourth of the nine priority groups as designated by the government’s advisory Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. All should be offered their first vaccine dose by next Monday.

Dr Nikki Kanani, a GP and NHS England’s medical director for primary care, said: “The NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in health service history, is off to a strong start with every eligible care home receiving a visit and millions more people being vaccinated at one of over 1,500 centres across the country thanks to the tireless efforts of my colleagues.

“But if you are aged 70 and over, and haven’t yet received your vaccine, please come forward and make an appointment as soon as you can.

“The vaccine is safe, simple, and will offer you and those around you crucial protection against this virus.”

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Source: The Guardian
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