Thanks to the dedication and brilliance of our scientists, the UK was the first country in the world to get the vaccine. It is now up to the government to ensure that as many people as possible are vaccinated as quickly as possible.
The vaccination comes in two doses. After you have had the first dose, your next appointment should be between 3 and 12 weeks later. Although the first dose will give you good protection, you need the second dose to get longer lasting protection
Those most at risk will be vaccinated first, as set out in a list of nine high-priority groups, covering about a quarter of the UK population. They are thought to represent 90-99% of those at risk of dying from Covid-19.
Everyone on the priority list will be contacted by their GP or the NHS national booking service to arrange their vaccination once it is their turn, starting with the people who need it the most.
In Sheffield, the vaccine roll-out began on 14 December and over 130,000 people in the top four priority groups in Sheffield have now received the first dose. It’s great news that people over 70 years old, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, front line health and social care workers, and older adult care home residents have all been offered the vaccine.
If you are over 70, clinically extremely vulnerable or a frontline health and social care worker and yet to have the vaccine yet for whatever reason, it’s not too late to come forward. You can now book a vaccination appointment online here or call free on 119.
NHS staff are now vaccinating patients in 14 community locations, as well as in care homes. These cover 100% of all practices in the city. The locations are:
- The Health Care Surgery
- Manor Park Medical Centre
- Woodhouse Health Centre
- Darnall Primary Care Centre
- The Flowers Health Centre
- Dore Surgery
- Meadowgreen Health Centre (Jordanthorpe Site)
- Porter Brook Medical Centre
- St Columbus Church
- The Mathews Practice
- Valley Medical Centre
- Beighton Surgery
The quicker the vaccine is rolled out, the sooner we can begin to recover, and you can help with the country’s vaccination effort by signing up to the NHS volunteer scheme.
Please do not call or visit your GP or hospital about the vaccine unless you have been contacted, as practices are working through their priority lists. When they do contact you, please attend your booked appointments at exactly the time you’re asked to, so that we can avoid queues in this cold weather.
For the latest info, please visit these websites:
- NHS Sheffield CCG FAQs, videos, and national leaflets
- NHS Sheffield CCG press releases on vaccinations
- Public Health England vaccine campaign materials
- Government website
- Information about the vaccination programme in Sheffield
- An easy-read guide to the vaccination programme
- Age UK’s vaccination guidance