22 May 2024

‘Don’t miss your Covid jab’

The local NHS is encouraging eligible people to come forward before the end of June for the spring Covid vaccination – with volunteers in Withernsea urging people to ensure they attend the right venue.

Several people have been turning up at St Nicholas Church, despite the fact the venue for Covid jabs is St Matthew’s Church in Hull Road.

A spokesman for the church said: “This has been happening for the last couple of years. During restoration work on St Nicholas in 2021, people used to walk in and sit down – even though it was a building site inside and out.

“When one customer told the stonemason they had come for their Covid jab, he said: ‘I’ve got a hammer and chisel if that helps!’”

The NHS has said it is looking into how people appear to be obtaining the wrong postcode when booking their jabs in Withernsea.

Recent data from the UK Health Security Agency shows that cases of Covid are increasing in most age groups, and there has also been an increase in hospitalisations.

The virus can still cause serious illness and be life-threatening for some people. The vaccine provides protection against it and helps to reduce the risk of serious illness and hospitalisation.

Last year’s spring vaccination programme showed that people who received a vaccine were about 50 per cent less likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid for three to four months after vaccination, compared with those who did not receive one.

Dr Nigel Wells, executive director of clinical and professional at NHS Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board, said: “This spring, the NHS is offering the Covid-19 vaccine to those that are at highest risk of getting seriously unwell if they catch the virus.

“Particularly for older people and those with a weakened immune system, Covid-19 can still be very dangerous. Over time immunity can fade, so it is vital that those who are at higher risk top up their protection.

“Getting vaccinated is quicker and more convenient than ever and I encourage anyone who is eligible to book their appointment as soon as possible.”

Spring vaccinations will be available until June 30. Eligibility is similar to previous years, but those with a weakened immune system are now eligible from six months instead of five years.

Following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, this spring’s eligible cohorts include adults aged 75 years and over by June 30, 2024, residents in care homes for older adults, and individuals aged six months and over who are immunosuppressed.

Anyone who is eligible can book a vaccine appointment via the NHS website or by calling 119 free of charge. People aged 16 and over can also use the NHS App to book an appointment.