Take-up of the vaccine has been strong; nine in 10 people in the top four priority groups have already taken up their first dose along with over two thirds of 60-69 year olds.
To ensure that nobody is left behind, the NHS is continuing to urge all those in groups already invited, including clinically extremely vulnerable adults on the Shielded Patients List and any remaining frontline health and social care workers, who have not been vaccinated yet to make this week the week that they come forward.
Everyone in this group will be able to use the National Booking System to book an appointment, provided they are registered with a GP (so that records can be matched).
The NHS locally and nationally is also making follow up phone calls and sending reminder letters to those in this group who have previously been contacted but not yet booked, and employers, CCGs and local authorities have been asked to continue efforts to ensure all eligible frontline staff are offered a vaccine.
The National Booking Service allows you to quickly and simply arrange an appointment at a Vaccination Centre or community pharmacy-led service by visiting www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine, where they can choose a time slot and location that suits them.
People should try to use the website where possible. For those who can’t, they can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. The phone line can get very busy, so people may choose to ring later in the day when it is less busy. British Sign Language, text relay and interpreter services are available.
The NHS locally and nationally is also going to great lengths to ensure that everyone is able to take up their offer, and hears the right information to make an informed choice.
The good news is that, across the first five priority groups, most people from all ethnic backgrounds have already taken up their first dose.
But we are working extensively at local and national level, including with community and faith leaders, to engage with those communities where there is still some hesitancy, often due to longstanding issues but also the prevalence of misinformation, to make the positive case for vaccination.