Vaccinations in Sefton
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.
Vaccinations are now being given to:
- people aged 40 and over
- unpaid carers
- people at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- people who live or work in care homes
- health and social care workers
- people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- people with a learning disability
- people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus
The order in which people are being offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
When you qualify for a vaccination, you can book an appointment by:
- contacting the NHS National Booking Service
- phoning 119.
Easy Read Info
You can find more Easy Read documents about what to expect at your vaccine appointment and some reassurance about fertility and the vaccine on the government website.
Although rates of COVID-19 have been dropping, you can stil have COVID-19 without any symptoms and pass it on to family, friends and colleagues, who may be at increased risk from coronavirus.
Being healthy doesn’t reduce your risk of catching COVID-19 or passing it on, which is why it is important to get a vaccinations when it is offered to you.
The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19 disease.
No vaccine is 100% effective, and it takes a few weeks for your body to build up protection from the vaccine.
Some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should reduce the seriousness of any infection they do get.
The vaccines that are being used have been shown to be effective and no safety concerns were seen in studies of tens of thousands of people.
Over half the country's adult population has now had their vital first vaccine dose. According to NHS figures, more nine out of 10 people aged 65 and over have already had their first dose.
Sefton GP, Dr Pete Chamberlain has shared this video on the local COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Staff giving you the vaccine will be wearing personal protective equipment and will follow all cleaning and disinfection requirements.
The UK’s national Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised on 16th April, 2021 that pregnant women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine.
In its statement, the Committee said that there have been no specific safety concerns identified with any brand of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines in relation to pregnancy. This means the vaccines should be offered to pregnant women at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group.
In this video, JCVI member Dr Maggie Wearmouth provides advice about COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy.
Vaccination information for unpaid carers
Unpaid carers are now being invited to receive their first COVID-19 vaccination, providing they:
- Are eligible for a carer’s allowance
- Are identified as a primary carer by their GP
- Are receiving support following a carer’s assessment by their local council or from a local carer’s organisation
- Are the sole or primary carer who provides close personal care or face to face support for an elderly or disabled person who is clinically vulnerable to COVID-19
Carers will be contacted in phases, starting with those carers already known to health and social care services. Those who are identified as a primary carer on their GP’s register or eligible for a carer’s allowance will be invited first, followed by those who have had a statutory carer’s assessment by their local council or are receiving support from local carers organisation.
All eligible unpaid carers will be contacted by the NHS when it’s their turn to receive the vaccine and will be given information about how they should book their appointment. This will either be at a vaccination site in their local community supported by their GP practice, or at a large vaccination centre.
In some cases where caring responsibilities are shared, an additional person can be classed as a primary carer and receive a vaccination.
Every possible effort will be made to vaccinate eligible carers at the same time as the people they care for, such as when they accompany them for a vaccination.
If you are an unpaid carer and you are unsure if you are eligible, contact Sefton Carers Centre and they will advise you if you are able to receive your COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. By getting vaccinated unpaid carers can help protect themselves from becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, so they can continue to be there for their family, friends, and the people they care for.
For more information visit www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine