Sheffield CCG urge non priority groups to not call GPs for Covid-19 vaccine appointments
Sheffield CCG have reminded residents under 70 across the city to not call their GP to arrange a vaccination appointment and wait to be contacted, as hospitals and doctors work through the vaccine priority list.
The CCG issued the call to people in Sheffield, after the Government announced last week that people aged 65 to 69 will start to be invited for their jab against coronavirus, as long as supplies permit and doctors have tried to reach all those in higher priority categories.
Residents have been told not to call their GP to arrange an appointment to be immunised against the virus and instead wait to be contacted to visit a local vaccine hub or until they receive a letter to go to Sheffield Arena for the injection.
People in the city who are over 70-years-old, a front line health and social worker or clinically extremely vulnerable and haven’t yet received a vaccine letter should still book their appointment online or by calling 119 free of charge.
The majority of front line healthcare staff, care home residents and employees, along with the over 70s have already received their jab against coronavirus, as some parts of the country now invite over 60s and some over 16s with specific health conditions to book their appointment.
Everyone else must wait to be contacted about their own vaccinations, as the most vulnerable have been prioritised by the Government to receive the jab first to prevent more people from dying from Covid-19.
The roll out of the vaccines against coronavirus vary across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales vary but in England, people who are over 50 are aimed to receive the immunisation injection by the start of May.
Teachers and police officers should also be offered the vaccine after the most vulnerable groups, potentially from late spring this year.
But any changes to the current order of the Government’s Covid-19 vaccine priority list – which started with residents and staff in care homes, before moving down to the over 80s - will be decided by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.
If you are over 70, a front line health and social worker, or clinically vulnerable you should book your slot here.