31 Dec 2020
NHS St Helens CCG has welcomed the news that the government has approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for use in the UK. This gives us a further vaccine with which to protect the people of St Helens.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will also give us further flexibility on our immunisation programme as it is much easier stored and transported.
At this stage however, we don’t know when we will receive our supplies of this vaccine and so will continue with our programme of vaccinating those aged 90 and over who have had their first jab returning to our mass vaccination clinics on the 6th, 7th and 8th January to receive their booster of the Pfizer vaccine.
From today we will also be vaccinating care home residents and staff using the Pfizer vaccine beginning with the largest care homes in the borough. As soon as we know when we will receive our supplies of the Oxford vaccine, we will roll this out to our other nursing and care homes, our housebound population and continue our mass vaccinations of people aged 80 and over, working our way through our GP registered population in order of age and clinical risk.
Please be patient and do not contact your GP surgery to ask about vaccinations - they will contact you when it is your turn to be vaccinated.
Information on how we are prioritising our vaccine roll out can be found here.