Borough residents attend their Covid vaccinations in their thousands as over 60, 55 and 50 year olds (priority groups 7-9) begin to be the next to be invited in the national rollout. 46,592 have had their first dose by 7 March as second dose invites begin to rise.
Over 21 million vaccine doses have now been carried out across the UK. The Government aims to offer everyone in the top nine priority groups a vaccine by 15 April. This includes everyone over the age of 50, care home residents, health and social care workers, the clinically vulnerable and extremely vulnerable and those who are a main carer for someone at high risk.
Whilst the vaccine rollout continues and the Government roadmap plans to begin 8 March, residents and businesses are reminded to follow the Covid restrictions at each stage.
NHS Worker and hero Eira from Boyatt Wood recently had her first Covid jab at Eastleigh Health Centre under priority group six due to underlying health conditions. She highlights the great staff at centre:
“In, jabbed and out in under 3 minutes, can't say better than that! Feeling extremely grateful for our wonderful NHS, all smiles everywhere from start to finish and one step closer to getting my life back.”
Mr Pun, 72, Eastleigh town centre and Mrs Pun, 70, Grantham Green, of the Borough’s Nepalese community also attended their Covid jabs at Eastleigh Health Centre.
They both said their experience was fine and it didn’t hurt. Mr Pun, is an ex-soldier so “such a jab was not even noticeable compared to those received in his time in the Forces…!” His wish is that his example will encourage all others to have their vaccination.
If you are aged 50 or above, clinically vulnerable or extremely vulnerable, have a learning disability, or a main carer for someone at high risk - you can now book your vaccination appointment. You do not have to wait to be contacted by the NHS.
If you are not a member of the groups described above - please do not contact NHS services. You will be contacted when it’s your turn to be invited.