Covid-19 Vaccination update – Dr David Crichton

Since our last vaccination update, we have continued to make excellent progress in vaccinating the majority of our most vulnerable residents and front-line health and care staff. We have been running vaccination services 7 days a week across the Doncaster Borough and even the snow hasn’t stop us!

Until now the NHS has asked people to wait until they are contacted to help ensure that the most vulnerable are protected first. However, to ensure that everyone is offered the vaccine, people aged 70 and over can now contact the NHS to book a vaccination appointment directly. The easiest way to arrange an appointment is through the national booking service website or alternatively call 119.

On the 25 January, an additional mass vaccination site opened at the Sheffield Arena. The Arena can offer an increased capacity of appointments ensuring that we protect as many people as possible in a short time frame.

People living within a 45-minute drive of the Sheffield Arena, who are aged 70 or over have the option to book an appointment. Equally if it is more convenient to wait and have your vaccination locally, you will be offered one from your GP practice at one of the vaccination sites across Doncaster.

Community Transport providers across South Yorkshire are offering a free return journey to a Covid-19 vaccination site to people in high priority groups, who cannot access public transport and have no alternative. If you require this service visit Travel South Yorkshire for further details and booking information.

I would strongly encourage every single eligible person in Doncaster to take up the offer of vaccination. The more people that have some level of immunity to COVID-19, the more lives we will save and the quicker we will be able to put these current challenges behind us and return to a state of normality.

I understand that some people may have concerns about the vaccine and I would advise that you take a look at our FAQ’s webpage, which will be able to answer any questions you may have.

We are delighted that so many of our community have come for vaccinations and many more will do so, as the weeks go on. It is still incredibly important, whether you are vaccinated or not, that you still follow the latest advice and guidance in order to reduce the spread of the virus and bring Doncaster infection rates down.

From Monday 15 February, people in cohorts 5 and 6 are being invited by the NHS to have their vaccine. These are:

  • Cohort 5 – all those 65 years of age and over
  • Cohort 6 – all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality

Local GP vaccination services are focusing initially on the clinically vulnerable from cohort 6 because of the relationship between general practice and those with long term conditions, and continuity of care.

People may receive a letter from the National Booking Service inviting them to book at a mass vaccination site. This offer is to ensure as many people can get vaccinated as quick as possible however, we know travelling to one of these sites may not be convenient so encourage those of you who would prefer to visit local sites to please wait for your GP to invite you forward. Please be aware this may take a while as there are a lot of people in this next cohort for vaccinations.

Finally, I would like to thank our vaccinators, coordinators, volunteers, and most importantly all those who have opted to get the jab so far and have contributed to making Doncaster safe. We still have an enormous task ahead of us, but alongside our partners locally, regionally and nationally, we have made a great start. Let’s keep it up and let’s do it for Doncaster.