Health leaders in North Yorkshire and York are urging people to be patient as the phased rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations accelerates. The NHS is currently offering the COVID vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. There is no need for patients to get in touch with their GP surgery – their surgery will contact individuals when it’s their turn.
The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and increasing numbers of local vaccination centres in North Yorkshire and York run by GP surgeries. In Harrogate District, Hall 2 of the Yorkshire Showground on Wetherby Road in Harrogate is being used as the vaccination site.
Vaccinations are being delivered according to priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The jab is currently being rolled out to all those aged 80 and over, along with frontline health and care workers and care home residents. People aged 75 and over and then all those who are 70 and over, together with clinically extremely vulnerable patients will follow. You can read the full article on the NHS North Yorkshire CCG website, here.
Nidd Plus is recruiting volunteer marshals to help the NHS at the vaccination site. Please use this link if you would like to apply to become a volunteer marshal. We can also provide transport to the site for residents who have no access to transport. Just call us on 01423 714953.
Vaccines for people with leaning disabilities and/or autism
NHS England/Improvement have produced a 3 ½ minute film and media clips to help people with learning disabilities and/or autism understand more about vaccines. This useful short film describes what is a vaccine, how vaccines are made, why you should get a vaccine, whether a vaccine can make you ill and how to decide whether to have a vaccine. The film can be found here.