04 Jan 2021

St Helens GPs are reminding everyone that is due their second Covid-19 booster jab this week to attend their appointment as booked, despite media reports that a second dose is not being given in some areas.

GPs in St Helens have confirmed they will be giving the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine to the over 80s cohort as booked this week.

Patients who attend the initial mass vaccination clinics will have been given an appointment for their second booster vaccination when they attended back in December for either Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th or Friday 8th January.

Dr Hilary Flett, GP and clinical lead for the vaccination roll out in St Helens, said:

"Please attend your booked appointment as normal this week as we will be giving the second injection to our patients who attended our clinics three weeks ago.

" In St Helens we have made a decision based on best interests of our patients to go ahead and give the second vaccine to our extremely elderly patients. The majority of these patients who we vaccinated as our first cohort, were over 90 years of age.

Following this, future vaccinations will see the patient being given an appointment around 10-11 weeks later for the second dose following the guidance set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

This week GPs will continue to vaccinate care home residents and staff and also hope to start vaccinating housebound patients, dependent on the supply of vaccines from the national team.