13 Dec 2021
The CCG has issued a reminder to residents in the light of the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding Covid booster jabs that there a number of ways to get a vaccine and that local pharmacy sites have good availability for anyone looking to get their booster vaccination.
As the government have called on people to get boosted as soon as they can, with the ongoing vaccination programme for 12-15 year olds, capacity at Saints rugby ground mass vaccination site can mean that it is hard to get a booster jab.
Allied Pharmacies based on Bold Industrial Estate and Hollowood Chemists in Haydock have been supporting the vaccination roll out for the past 6 months, and have further stepped up availability to assist with the booster programme.
Allied Pharmacies have availability for walk in booster appointments and are open every day this week from 7.30am until 6pm and until 9pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
In addition, those GP practices that are delivering booster jabs to their eligible patients will be contacting patients and asking them to book an appointment.
As of the end of last week, over 125,000 people have had both first and second jabs in St Helens, with more than 63,000 people being fully vaccinated and having had their booster jab. That is over 76% of the eligible population age 12+ that have now been fully vaccinated and over 38% fully vaccinated plus booster.
Despite this outstanding progress, there are still thousands of eligible people, including pregnant women, who remain unvaccinated and many others eligible for a second or booster jab, which is why health and care chiefs are continuing to urge anyone who is eligible to come forward now.
Currently anyone who is aged 30 and over can pre-book a booster does from 2 months (61 days) after their 2nd dose. The appointment dates you'll be offered will be from 3 months (91 days) after your 2nd dose.
The NHS is working on offering a booster does to everyone aged 18 to 29 years as well as people aged 16 and over with a severely weakened immune system and a second dose to all children aged 12-15 who are not already eligible. If you fall into these groups, you won’t yet be able to book online.
Dr Mike Ejuoneatse, Medical Director at NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s never too late to come forward for your Covid-19 vaccination and with Christmas just around the corner and the Omicron variant spreading fast, it’s really important that we are all as protected as we can be – and this includes booking your booster jab as soon as you are eligible or attending a walk-in session.
“Vaccinations continue to be delivered at the mass vaccination site at Saints Totally Wicked rugby stadium, as well as at a number of pharmacy run sites. If you’re eligible, please arrange your vaccination appointments online via the National Booking Service, by calling 119 or by responding to an invitation from the NHS.”
“With regards to non-urgent appointments and elective surgeries needing to be cancelled to enable delivery of booster jabs, any patients whose appointments may be impacted by this will be contacted directly by their practice."
Hundreds of thousands of booster vaccinations have already been administered at the mass site, GP and pharmacy-led vaccination services across St Helens.
Dr Ejuoneatse added: “Vaccination is clinically-proven to reduce your risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19 and your risk of catching or spreading coronavirus. So, when it’s your turn to be invited to book your vaccine or booster, please do so. You may be invited to a different vaccination centre this time around and, in some cases, a flu jab may be offered at the same time.”
Visit the link below to find the nearest walk-in Covid vaccine services (including booster jabs): https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site
Alternatively, when you are called, please book your appointment through the national booking service https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or with your GP practice when contacted by them.