Almost a third of Doncaster’s residents have now received their first Covid-19 jab as the vaccination programme continues at pace across the borough.
This week, the 100,000th patient received their vaccination as people continue to answer the call to attend local vaccination sites set up by GPs to give the jab. Care home residents, people aged over 60 and frontline health and social care workers are among those who have received their first dose.
Dr David Crichton, Chair of the NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local GP, said: “Our teams have been working round the clock to make sure we have vaccinated the most vulnerable and high-risk people in our communities. We’re delighted to be making excellent progress and reaching the 100,000 milestone is a great achievement since we only started just before Christmas. We will be moving on to vaccinate those over 50 and other priority groups very soon.”
Dr Crichton said that the programme of giving people their second dose of the vaccine has already started and urged people to continue to follow the guidance after receiving a vaccination to stay safe from coronavirus.
“People will be contacted when it’s their turn for their second dose. In the meantime, if you’re still waiting for your first dose, please be patient. We will get to everyone in time and hopefully, depending on supplies, complete the programme for first doses for all adults in line with the Government target of the end of July.”
“Having the jab doesn’t make everyone immune. You must continue to stick to the rules to help keep everyone safe.”
The NHS is working hard to encourage people from all communities to take up the offer of a vaccine when invited, Dr Crichton said: “We are having ongoing discussions with local health and community leaders to encourage vaccination uptake and assure people these vaccines are absolutely safe. We’re also looking at setting up pop-up vaccination sites across Doncaster to help as many people as possible easily access jabs to get immunity to this virus which has caused so much disruption and taken many lives.”
For more information about the vaccine and read frequently asked questions please visit https://www.doncasterccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccine/.