NHS call for over 70s to arrange COVID-19 jab

People aged 70 and over who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid and who would like to be are being asked to contact the NHS to arrange a jab.

So far, more than 14.5 million people in the UK have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine .

Until now the NHS has asked people to wait until they are contacted to help ensure that those who are most vulnerable are protected first – and that remains the case for most people.

However, to ensure absolutely everyone is offered the vaccine, people aged 70 and over can now contact the NHS so they can be vaccinated by the middle of this month. 

Additionally, from tomorrow, people aged 65 to 69 in England are being invited to book their COVID-19 jab, as the vaccine rollout is officially expanded beyond the top four priority groups.

The easiest way for people in Wirral to arrange an appointment at their local vaccination centre is by contacting their own GP practice or emailing NHS Wirral CCG at WICCG.InTouch@NHS.net.

People can also arrange an appointment at a regional mass vaccination centre through the national booking service which can be accessed at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.  This system allows patients to choose a time slot and location that suits them.

Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. 

Many who have not yet booked an appointment are already receiving follow up letters and phone calls this week to encourage them to take up the offer of a jab.

GP teams have been asked to contact their clinically extremely vulnerable patients, who have been asked to shield, to ensure they have been offered the vaccine.

Anyone who received a letter in 2021 asking them to shield, should also receive an invitation from their local family doctor as well as an invitation from the national booking service inviting them for a jab. 

People in priority groups who are given a vaccination appointment by both their local GP team and the National Booking Service can choose to attend the appointment most convenient for them and should cancel the one they do not want so the slot can be used by someone else.

Wirral Mayor, Councillor Tony Smith, gets his Jab at Woodchurch.