26 Feb 2021

Two million people across the North West of England have received their Covid-19 vaccine and thousands more are now being asked to book their appointments.

The North West’s 2 million milestone was hit in the week ending Sunday 21 February 2021. Published statistics show that as of Monday 22 February 2021, there had been a total of 1,967,808 first doses and a total of 2,037,564 vaccines given.

In St Helens over 50,000 people have received their first dose to date.

Now hundreds of thousands of people across the country who were asked to shield earlier this month are being invited for a Covid jab as the NHS vaccination programme gathers further momentum.

Letters are now landing on the doorsteps of around 445,000 people in England aged 64 who have not yet been vaccinated.

GPs are continuing to call people in cohort 6 which is those aged 16-64 who have long term or underlying conditions that make them 'clinically vulnerable', people with learning disabilities as well as carers of elderly or disabled people when supplies allow.

From next week in St Helens, GP practices will start to call those over 80s who need to return for their second dose.

For more information on priority groups and the government's Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation criteria please click here

To book a vaccine once you receive your letter, please visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccine or call 119. You can also wait to receive a text from your GP practice if you prefer.

Vaccinations in St Helens are all taking place at the Totally Wicked stadium.  There is also the option to book a vaccinatuion at one of two community pharmacists in Haydock and Bold.