People in Leeds are being urged to grab their booster jab before New Year, as the NHS goes all out to protect the city against the Omicron variant.
Vaccination centres will be open throughout the festive break so that people can get a jab while they are off work or snapping up bargains in the sales. And thousands of extra appointments have been made available to make sure everyone over 18 has the chance to get their booster vaccine by the end of December.
So instead of sleeping off the turkey, people are being asked to fit in the vital jab and make sure they are protected for the New Year.
Walk-in vaccination services will be on offer at a variety of centres across Leeds next week, including Cottingley Pharmacy and Elland Road as well as Chapel Allerton, Harehills and Seacroft. Details of locations and times are available at www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/health/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/walk-in-clinics/.
Appointments are also available to book online using the National Booking Service or by calling 119 for people who would prefer a guaranteed time slot and a choice of locations.
The number of people getting their boosters has surged in the past fortnight, with over 66,000 people jabbed across the city last week. However, there is still some way to go before everyone who is eligible is protected so health chiefs are urging people to come forward as soon as possible. And those who have not yet had their first or second dose are also being encouraged to come forward and take advantage of the extra appointments available.
The NHS is also texting people with appointments booked in January, who are eligible for a booster before then, to invite them to bring their appointment forward.
Sam Prince, who leads the NHS Vaccination Programme in Leeds, said:
“Once again our brilliant NHS teams and partners have pulled out all the stops to make sure people can get their booster as soon as possible.
“The Omicron variant is spreading at an alarming rate and hospital admissions for COVID-19 are increasing so we need to do all we can to protect people and the NHS. Our teams have worked exceptionally hard over the last year and are understandably tired but they have stepped up to this latest challenge because they know how important is it that we get people protected as soon as possible.
“We are making it as easy as possible to get your jab so please make an early New Year’s resolution to get yours as soon as you can – it’s the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones and to thank the NHS staff who are working so hard to keep us all safe.”
This post is based on a press release issued by NHS Leeds