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People aged 70 and over asked to book online or call for COVID vaccine

People who are aged 70 and over who have not yet received their COVID vaccine are being asked to make their appointment for a vaccination.
From today, any person who falls into one of the top 4 priority groups will be able to book a vaccine appointment without needing to have first received an invitation to do so.

Appointments can be arranged through the national online booking system. You can also call free on 119, 7am and 11pm, 7 days a week. The quickest way book your appointment is online.

People choosing the national booking system will have the option of making an appointment at a vaccine clinic. They are based at the large vaccination centres at Stithians Showground, Royal Cornwall Showground, Home Park Plymouth or selected local pharmacies.

The pharmacies providing this service are:

  • Reeds in Truro
  • Roche Pharmacy, Roche
  • Arnolds Pharmacy, which is vaccinating from Westward Ho! Baptist Church, Bideford
  • Devon and the Devonport Pharmacy, which is running from Plymouth Cricket Ground, Plymouth

This step allows people who are eligible for the vaccination to be proactive with their appointment. It is hoped that any residents who have yet to be contacted with details of how to get their vaccine can receive the vaccination without waiting longer than is necessary.

There are now 16 GP-led local vaccination services across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Primary care networks have also been successfully vaccinating the most vulnerable as quickly as possible.

Vaccination appointments through a GP surgery are still available. If you have already been contacted to book your appointment or have one booked, please keep it.

Iain Davidson is the clinical lead for the large scale vaccination centres and the hospital hub and chief pharmacist at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. He said: “Thanks to the efforts of our primary care colleagues, our acute staff, pharmacists and volunteers and many more people across health and care our vaccination programme has so far been a great success. With nearly 135,000 doses administered since the beginning of December, which includes the vaccine being offered to all care homes and more than 91% of people aged over 80.

“To help ensure that absolutely everyone is offered the vaccine, people within the top 4 priority groups can book online or call without a letter so they can be vaccinated by the middle of the month.”

Dr Rob White is the clinical lead for the primary care COVID-19 vaccination programme and NHS Kernow Governing Body member. He said: “Our GP-led primary care networks are successfully pulling out all the stops to vaccinate the most vulnerable as quickly as possible and meet the national target set for the middle of February.

“Any person who is already booked in to receive the vaccine at a GP-led clinic, or has been contacted to book their appointment, should still attend. Rather than arranging a new one online or over the phone, in order to ensure that no vaccines go to waste.”

Health and social care workers, who are also among the top 4 priority groups, should speak to their employer about arranging their vaccination.

Added on 9 February 2021, in News - COVID vaccine

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