|NHS now inviting those aged 44+ to have their vaccination
People aged 44 are the latest age group to be invited to book their Covid-19 jab, from today. Around half a million 44-year olds will receive a text inviting them to get their jab through the national booking service. This comes alongside the latest figures that show that more than two thirds of people aged 45 to 49 have now received their first vaccination. The decision to move to people aged 40-43 will be set out in the coming days with the NHS vaccinating in line with JCVI advice and as supplies allow. As with previous age groups, those who prefer to wait to receive an invitation from their local GP service are able to do so.
Surrey Heartlands vaccination programme – some numbers
As at Sunday (18-Apr), Surrey Heartlands had delivered around 680,000 vaccines via local GP sites, Hospital Hubs, Community Pharmacies and the Vaccination Centre at Epsom Racecourse. Of these around 160,000 are second doses. Overall Surrey Heartlands continues to perform well and in many areas is exceeding the national average. For example, for people aged over 55 uptake of first doses exceeds 80% and is almost 100% for those aged 75-79. For second doses, the story shows a similar picture for most age groups.
Second doses are routinely offered around 11 weeks from the first dose being given. A Local GP-led vaccination site will contact individuals by text or by telephone to arrange an appointment to receive a second dose. In exceptional cases some people will be invited earlier. Please don’t contact the CCG or your GP practice about your 2nd dose appointment unless you’ve not been contacted by the 11th week. Please be patient. If you do need to contact us, details are available on our website: www.surreyheartlandsccg.nhs.uk or via our vaccination enquiry line 0300 561 2500 (Monday-Friday 9.00 am – 4.00 pm). Those who booked via the National Booking System will have made their second appointment at the time of booking.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
|You can find a comprehensive set of FAQs on the local programme on our website here.
|Useful links FAQs NHS.UK Covid-19 vaccine GOV.UK Covid-19 vaccination programme Data release Information on priority groups