Knowsley residents are being reminded about the importance of getting their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Across the Liverpool City Region, a number of people have failed to return for their second jab and have not rearranged their appointments, meaning they are without the full benefits of vaccination.
The first dose of the vaccine gives good protection from Covid-19 after around three or four weeks, but the second dose is needed for longer lasting protection.
Health leaders are calling on people to keep their second dose appointment and making clear that it’s not too late to get a second dose if you’ve now gone more than 12 weeks since the first.
Until recently, people had been invited to receive their second Covid-19 vaccine dose between 11 and 12 weeks after the first. However, the government has now announced plans to reduce this to around eight weeks for over 50s and others at higher risk from Covid-19.
People who book their vaccination via the national booking service website www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by ringing 119 should make an appointment for both doses at the same time, while those who visited a GP-led vaccination site are invited back when their second dose is due.
Anyone who has now gone over 12 weeks (84 days) since their first dose and has yet to receive their second dose should contact their GP in the first instance.
Dr Sarah McNulty, Director of Public Health at Knowsley Council, said: “The vaccine programme in Knowsley has been very successful with the majority of those eligible having had their first jab and the majority of those able to have both doses having done so.
“I would urge anyone who has missed their second appointment to contact their GP and get booked for their jab as soon as possible. It is only by having both doses that you will have full protection from COVID-19.”