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Over 65s to be offered COVID-19 vaccination

by Guy Murphy

From Friday 12 February, the NHS will be inviting Knowsley residents aged 65-69 years for a COVID-19 vaccine, as well as residents who are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable).

In the coming days, people aged 65 and over will receive a letter from the national NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Service. They can use the link or phone number in this letter to book an appointment at a number of sites, including designated pharmacies, or the mass vaccination centre in St Helens.

Alternatively, if people aged 65 and over don’t wish to take up this option, they can also receive their vaccination at a GP-led site. These sites are run by local Primary Care Networks (groups of GP practices). People will be sent a text message or contacted by phone to let them know how to arrange this. They should not contact their own GP practice separately.

People aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions, and carers, will be contacted by their GP-led service to invite them to make an appointment. They do not need to contact their own GP practice separately, but those who are 70 and over can contact Knowsley’ CCG’s dedicated booking line on 0151 244 4121.

All vaccinations are by appointment only; no drop-in vaccinations are available and members of the public who arrive without a booking will not be vaccinated.

Please remember that once you have had the vaccine, you must continue to follow the rules and stay at home as much as possible, wear a face covering where advised and regularly wash your hands with soap and water. The vaccine can take a few weeks for your body to build up protection.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said “We know that the NHS is making excellent progress in ensuring Knowsley residents have received their first vaccination, which is a great achievement by our health partners who are delivering the vaccination programme here in Knowsley. With over 80s, over 70s and now over 65s and clinically extremely vulnerable being targeted, our most vulnerable residents are being prioritised which is great news.

It’s so important that once you have been vaccinated that you continue to follow the rules and stay at home as much as possible. Remember if you do use public transport or a taxi for essential trips such as medical appointments or if you visit the supermarket, please wear a face covering, regularly wash your hands and maintain social distancing.”

Further information about the COVID vaccine is available on the NHS website.