Happy anniversary Wakefield Vaccination Programme!

The NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Wakefield celebrates its first anniversary this week and having helped to protect people across the Wakefield area from the serious effects of COVID-19.

Thank you to NHS staff

Since the local rollout started on 16 December 621,254 vaccine doses (total number of first doses, second doses and boosters) have been administered in centres across the Wakefield area. This includes vaccinations provided at local vaccination centres run by groups of GP practices and community pharmacies, as well as numerous pop-up clinics in local communities.

Local NHS chiefs have paid tribute to the exceptional collective effort that has made this possible and thanked all those who have supported the delivery of the programme in the Wakefield area over the past year, including partners in Wakefield Council and the voluntary and community sector.

And they have also renewed their plea for people who have not been vaccinated or are due their booster to come forward as soon as possible to help in an ongoing bid to drive down COVID-19 case rates.

Suzannah Cookson, Chief Nurse, NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Senior Responsible Officer for the Wakefield Vaccination Programme, said: “The Wakefield vaccination team – GPs, pharmacists, NHS and council staff, volunteers and community organisations – have worked tirelessly to deliver the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history and we are delighted with the success of the programme to date.

“However, we must not become complacent. COVID-19 case rates continue to rise across the region and there is now the added threat posed by the new Omicron variant. If you are currently eligible for the booster or you have not yet had your first or second dose please do come forward for your jab. It will give yourself and your loved ones vital protection over Christmas and the coming weeks.”

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has updated its guidance to recommend boosters are offered to all adults, prioritised by age, and that the gap between the second dose and booster vaccination is reduced to three months. The NHS is aiming to offer all adults their booster jab by the end of January, and will contact each group when it is their turn to get vaccinated. People who are eligible can also book online using the National Booking Service or by calling 119.