13 Jan 2021

St Helens GPs will be contacting the remaining patients in the over 80s group who haven't yet been vaccinated over the course of the next week - but what should you do if you have received a letter from the NHS nationally inviting you to book a vaccination further afield? Read more here.

St Helens GPs will be booking the remaining over 80s in for their Covid vaccination over the course of next week meaning all over 80s will be contacted regarding their appointment very shortly.

If you have received a letter from the NHS nationally inviting you to book your  vaccine by visiting a website or calling 119 - please don't worry if you are struggling to get through on the phone or have gone online and find that the sites on offer are too far to travel to. 

Seven mass vaccinaton sites have been set up by the NHS nationally and are running alongside local GP-led vaccinations with the aim of offering as many options to people as possible to get vaccinated. 

If you don’t want to attend one of these sites bookable via the weblink (the nearest currently being a pharmacy site in Widnes and Manchester Ethihad sports complex) you will still be able to have your vaccine from the local GP-led service and will be contacted directly by your GP practice by phone in the coming weeks.

GPs and primary care staff in St Helens last week successfully vaccinated over 1000 of the oldest and most vulnerable at risk residents in the borough who returned to Saints for their booster vaccination – following a clinical decision to continue with booster vaccinations after 3 weeks rather than 10-11 weeks as now stipulated by the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation).

This week, GPs will take out vaccines to 22 care homes across the borough after having vaccinated 360 of those in the largest four care homes (360 patients and staff) with the Pfizer vaccine just before New Year.

Further mass vaccination clinics are planned at Saints for later this week as GPs continue to contact the 80+ age group.

Dr Hilary Flett, local GP and St Helens vaccination clinical lead says:  “Completing the vaccinations of our predominantly over 90s has been a real achievement – thank you to everyone who came to Saints to receive their vaccine.  Many of this group have not been out since March and have had limited social contact so hearing their stories of how this will make a difference to their lives going forward has been humbling.

“Now we have received our first supplies of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine we are taking these out to care home staff and residents tomorrow and the aim is to have completed this group of patients and workers by the end of the week.   We will also complete vaccinations of our frontline primary care staff to ensure that they are protected and next week we will begin vaccinating our housebound patients, continuing as we receive further Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines which are easily transported.

“As more supplies are becoming available we are ramping up our offer and 1000 more appointments are being made for later this week for our over 80s at Saints.

“I’d remind everyone to be patient – once the above groups have been completed we will then be moving to our 75-79 age group and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and are on the shielding list.”