Excellent progress continues to be made with delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination programme across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The Government’s ambition of offering the vaccine to everyone in the first four priority groups was achieved across the area less than 10 weeks after the launch of the programme, ahead of the 15 February deadline.
More than 480,000 vaccines have been delivered to people in Hampshire, with the vast majority of those in priority group 1-4 now vaccinated. Across the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care System (ICS) and Frimley Health and Care ICS, more than 95% of people aged 80 and over have received their first dose.
Anyone in groups 1-4 who has not yet been vaccinated for any reason is being followed up and encourage to take up the offer.
The vaccination programme has entered a new phase. In addition to those in priority groups 1-4, people in groups 5 and 6 (all those aged 65-69 and those aged 16-65 in an at-risk group and unpaid carers) are now being invited to book an appointment.
A further COVID-19 vaccination service has been set up at The Harlington in Fleet town centre. The service opened on Wednesday (17 February) and offers additional choice for residents in Fleet who are registered with Branksomewood Healthcare Centre, Fleet Medical Centre and Richmond Surgery.
People in the 65-69 age group and those aged under 65 who are classified as clinically at risk are being invited by their GP practice to make appointments at the new centre.
Individuals aged 70 and over who have not yet received their first dose of the vaccine continue to be encouraged to contact the NHS directly in one of the following ways to arrange an appointment:
- Visit the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
- Call 119 free of charge between 7am and 11pm seven days a week
- If a suitable and convenient slot is not available people can also call their GP practice
Most people who receive an invitation by letter will be able to call 119 or go on to the national booking system to make an appointment. If an individual receives more than one invitation, they can choose where they would like to attend. This could be their local vaccination centre, a local pharmacy, their GP surgery or local hospital. However if an individual has made an appointment and decides to attend another site, it is important that they cancel one of the appointments so that we are able to offer it to someone else.
Anyone who is offered the choice of attending a pharmacy when they receive their invitation letter can make an appointment or wait to be contacted by their GP and arrange to be vaccinated at a GP-led or hospital site if they prefer.
It is vital that everyone continues to follow all national guidance to help reduce the risk of COVID-19, even if they have received the vaccine. This includes staying at home wherever possible, social distancing, wearing a face mask or covering as required and regular handwashing.
- The frequently asked questions section on the NHS website is regularly updated.
- Additional information is available on the NHS website.
- For more information on the vaccine, visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.
- Vaccination uptake for the UK is published on a daily and weekly basis here
- An easy read information leaflet about the COVID-19 vaccination is available here