The vaccination programme continues to make steady pace in North Yorkshire with a strong focus on delivering second vaccinations and we are assured that supply will be available to enable every adult to be offered a first Covid vaccination by the end of July.
Towards the end of last week invitations for those aged 40 and over or due to turn 40 by 1 July were issued to book an appointment for a vaccination at a national centre (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/). Where supply is available GP practices continue to invite people 45 to 49 for vaccinations at local centres and we expect invitations to further age cohorts to be issued in the weeks ahead. Please take up the offer of a vaccination when you receive one and also remember to attend for a second dose when invited to ensure maximum protection.
As of Tuesday 4 May almost 380,000 vaccinations have been given in North Yorkshire and this breaks down to 257,000 first doses and 122,000 second doses. In addition the numbers of Covid patients in our hospitals continues to fall which is good news as we move towards the next milestone in the Government’s roadmap.
While this is all positive news, with low infection and hospitalisation rates in North Yorkshire it is important to remember that restrictions are still in place. It is also important to remember that, even after vaccination. NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are urging patients to still continue to follow the guidance around social distancing, hand washing, wearing masks where required and ensuring good ventilation. Further information can be found on the CCG’s website.