22 Apr 2021

The vaccination programme in St Helens Borough has now delivered over 100,000 first doses and more than 20,000 - second jabs.

Take-up of the vaccine in the UK has been exceptionally strong; five out of six people in the first nine priority groups have already chosen to take up the offer.

In a significant milestone, St Helens Borough care sector has one of the highest uptakes of the vaccine in the North West, so far 95% of care home residents and 88% of care home staff have received the lifesaving jab. Additionally, 90% of staff at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust which run Whiston and St Helens Hospitals have now had their vaccine.

The NHS is now inviting anyone aged 45 and over or who has a learning disability, is clinically vulnerable, clinically extremely vulnerable or an unpaid carer to book their vaccination on the National Booking System or by calling 119.

Any health and social care workers who have not yet received their jab can continue to access their first dose through their employer, or they can speak to their GP.

Dr Hilary Flett, local GP and Clinical Lead for the vaccination roll out in St Helens, said:

“Thank you to everyone who is promptly coming forward for their vaccine when invited.  Everyone has worked so hard to make this happen and we are really pleased that the numbers of those vaccinated speak for themselves – with feedback on the service being overwhelmingly positive. 

“The vaccines are safe and effective and are the best way to protect you and your loved ones from the virus, and help get things back to normal.

“It is also really important that you come back for your second dose of the vaccine when invited to make sure you have the best protection.  If you haven’t heard by 11 weeks after your first vaccine, please contact your GP practice.”

Professor Kevin Hardy, Vaccination Programme Medical Director from St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“I’m so proud that we have now jabbed more than 100,000 people in the area. GPs, nurses, pharmacists, staff from across partners and volunteers are all working incredibly hard to provide vaccinations.

“If you’re eligible for the vaccine, please do book your appointment as soon as possible so that you can join the millions of others who are helping to protect themselves and others from the virus.

“Please do continue to play your part by not contacting the NHS to seek a vaccine if you are not eligible yet, you’ll be invited when it’s your time.”

 

Sue Forster, Director of Public Health at St Helens Borough Council, said: “I would like to thank our brilliant NHS, the many volunteers, care workers and local partners who are working tirelessly to get people vaccinated in the area.

“Although the vaccination programme is making phenomenal progress, we cannot risk undoing all our good work by letting our guard down. For the roadmap to proceed we all need to move forward carefully and cautiously by also taking part in regular symptom-free testing, following the restrictions in place, and remembering to wash your hands, cover your face, make space and only meet people in the fresh air.

“I’d urge everyone to take part in symptom-free testing it’s free, quick and easy to do and it is vital to stop the spread of the virus and protect our community.”

If you have any coronavirus symptoms - such as a cough, temperature, or a loss or change to your taste or smell – the whole household and you should book a test online and self-isolate.

Find out more about who is eligible to have a coronavirus vaccination

Find out how to access symptom-free testing locally