Local GPs are urging eligible residents to book their Covid-19 jabs as soon as possible.
In the run up to Easter the vaccination progamme is accelerating further by asking everyone who is eligible to book now, as well as progressing the roll out of second doses.
The vaccine is currently being offered to:
- People aged 50 and over
- People at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- People with other health conditions that put them at higher risk
- People who have a learning disability and are registered on the GP learning disability register
- Unpaid carers
- People who live and work in care homes
- Frontline health and social care workers
Anyone is these groups can get their jab by responding to invitations from their local GP-led vaccination service (text messages or phone calls) or the national booking system (letters and texts). Those waiting for second doses will be contacted directly by the teams who delivered their first dose.
Dr Sally Johnson, Woking GP and Clinical Lead for the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Surrey Heartlands, said: “We want to remind residents that there are different options for booking your Covid-19 vaccination. You may have received a letter inviting you to book at our large vaccination centre in Epsom but there is also the option of having an appointment closer to home at a GP-led centre. We have 16 of these across Surrey Heartlands and you may be seen quicker if you choose one of these locations.
“So if you have received a text or call from your local GP network please book your appointment as soon as possible. The vaccines are safe and effective and give you the best protection against coronavirus.
“If you are sent a text from your GP inviting you for your first dose of vaccine, but you have already had the vaccination elsewhere, please decline the text invitation. This will help our staff to update our records and free them up to focus on calling in unvaccinated people.”
Find out more about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Programme in Surrey Heartlands.