Public urged to protect themselves from Covid-19 ahead of the Festive Bank Holiday period.

From Dr David Crichton, Chair of the Doncaster CCG

The booster programme is underway in Doncaster and those who are eligible for the top-up jab are being encouraged to book their appointment as soon as possible, which include over 40s, those with a health condition that puts them at serious complications from Covid-19 and health and social care workers.

There are a number of sites across the borough delivering booster vaccines and I would urge you to go to the NHS website or call 119 to book an appointment at the nearest and most convenient site to you.

It is more important than ever that we do all we can to protect ourselves and our families this winter. Let’s remember this time for the right reasons and make sure we are safe. A booster dose helps give you a top up and longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from Covid-19 and it really is the best protection over the winter period.

We’re seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases locally. While our overall rate remains lower than some other parts of the country, it is still higher than we would like and shows that the virus hasn’t gone away.

The best protection is to get vaccinated, whether this is your first, second or booster jab. We’re already seeing lots of people book their boosters online  but I want to be clear that it’s not too late to get your first Covid jab if you haven’t already done so – you can still book online or call 119.

All of our local vaccination centres across the borough have staff who can talk to you more about the jab, so feel free to ask any questions you might have. Please take that first step to stay safe from the virus, especially as we move towards winter.

Coronavirus remains a serious health risk and the vaccines provide the very best protection against it.  They are safe, effective, and free of charge. There is a dose ready for anyone eligible, including anyone wanting to get their first or second dose.

As you will have most likely seen in the news, the Government has now put new temporary and precautionary measures in place following the emergence of the Omicron variant in the UK.  These are necessary steps being put in place to protect us all and help us stay safe.  New measures include:

Face coverings will become compulsory on public transport and in shops, although this does not include hospitality.

From 04:00 Tuesday 30 November all international arrivals entering the UK must take a day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status. People will be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace.

Further information on the Prime Minsters announcement can be accessed here

Along with the new measures being introduced, it remains important to regularly wash your hands and ensure good ventilation indoors as these actions also play an important and necessary part in protecting each other and reducing the pressures felt by our local NHS and primary care services.

It’s also essential to get tested even if we have mild symptoms – and isolate if we test positive. Rapid lateral flow tests are still available free of charge and twice weekly testing can help identify the virus and break chains of transmission.

The NHS urges everyone to help prevent the spread of the virus and get vaccinated and to stay safe.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Public urged to protect themselves from Covid-19 ahead of the Festive Bank Holiday period.

  1. How come there aren’t any Doncaster places I can book my booster on line. My nearest one is rotherham general 13 miles away

    1. Hello Therese

      Apologies for the delay in our response.

      Thank you for your comment. You can book your appointment online through the NHS National Booking System (where you may not get an appointment near home) or you can wait for your GP surgery to invite you.

      If you choose to attend a drop-in clinic in Doncaster asking for a booster without an appointment, please be aware you must prove your eligibility; you may have to wait until other booked patients have been seen – which could mean a long wait; and getting it on the day may be subject to vaccine availability. You may also be turned away if you had your second dose less than 6 months ago. A list of walk-in clinics in Doncaster are available at https://www.doncasterccg.nhs.uk/covidvaxclinics/

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