Over 70s asked to contact the NHS to have their Covid-19 vaccine

The NHS in Humber, Coast and Vale is asking people aged 70 and over who haven’t been invited to have their Covid-19 vaccination yet to come forward and arrange a jab.

Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 10:50 am
For those over 70 who cannot travel to York or Hull, there are seven PCN vaccination sites across East Yorkshire, including in Bridlington. Picture Gerard Binks

Until now, the NHS asked people not to contact them about their Covid vaccination and wait until they are approached.

This remains the case for most people, but local NHS services are encouraging people in priority cohorts 1-4 (over 70s and those on the shielded patient list) to contact the NHS to book their appointment to ensure everyone in this group is offered the vaccine.

Eligible people can book their appointment at one of the large sites, either in York or Hull by contacting the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.

Those who cannot do it online can call a free 119 number, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

The national system allows patients to pick a convenient location and time.

For those over 70 who cannot travel to York or Hull, there are seven PCN vaccination sites across East Yorkshire, including in Bridlington.

To book an appointment at one of these sites people can ring their GP Practice. Only people in priority cohorts 1-4 who have not received a vaccine invitation should ring.

Dr Anne Jeffreys, local GP and East Riding of Yorkshire CCC chairperson, said: “Healthcare colleagues have been doing a fantastic job to vaccinate people in the first four priority groups, but we want to ensure that all those who are eligible, have been offered the jab.

“We know that people over 70 and those on shielded patient list, are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus.

“It’s important that they come forward if they haven’t had their vaccine yet. I urge everyone to check with their parents, grandparents, relatives, neighbours and friends who are 70 years old and over if they have been vaccinated.”