Over 40s can now book second dose of vaccine

People from across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly have welcomed the news that the over 40s will receive their second dose of the vaccine sooner.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the announcement to accelerate the vaccine programme after confirming on Monday that lockdown measures will remain in place until 19 July.

Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine offers the greatest protection from becoming seriously unwell with COVID. 

Anyone older than 21 can book their first vaccine appointment by logging on to the national NHS booking service, or calling 119 free of charge.

You can book an appointment at Stithians Showground, near Truro; the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge; Home Park, Plymouth, or at the community pharmacies Camborne, Redruth, Newquay and Plymouth, and some GP practices. 

Some patients may also be contacted by their GP practice inviting them to attend a vaccination appointment.

Landscape gardener Chester Robinson, 40, who lives near Newquay, said: “The opportunity to have my second dose of the vaccine sooner means I will have the best protection against the virus, the sooner I can get back to doing all the things I love such as going to festivals and gigs. I would encourage all my friends to do the same.”

Iain Davidson, clinical lead for the vaccination centres, said: “The vaccination programme is our way out the of the pandemic. Offering the second dose of the vaccine to the over 40s at 8 weeks rather than 12 weeks will help us to edge ever closer towards normality, doing the things we enjoy, while protecting those we love.”

Mum-of-two Jodeigh Phelps, 42, had her first dose in April, and is now looking forward to booking her second.

She said: “It’s reassuring to know that my protection against COVID-19 will be increased sooner, particularly with the increase in variants of the disease. Whilst I’ve not been very adventurous since the easing of lockdown restrictions, I have felt much more comfortable visiting older relatives knowing that we have some protection against the disease. I will feel much more confident when I am fully vaccinated.”

Added on 16 June 2021, in News - COVID-19 vaccine

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