Sheffield GP issues new advice to over-80s who have not had their Covid vaccination

A Sheffield GP has said people aged over 80 who fear they’ve been missed off the Covid vaccinations list can now contact their doctors.
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People had previously been told to wait to be invited for their jab, and that remains the advice for the vast majority.

But with most Sheffielders in the oldest age category having now had their first dose, doctors are keen to ensure no one from that most vulnerable group is missed.

A pharmacist prepares a dose of Covid vaccine at the Matthews Practice in SheffieldA pharmacist prepares a dose of Covid vaccine at the Matthews Practice in Sheffield
A pharmacist prepares a dose of Covid vaccine at the Matthews Practice in Sheffield
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Dr Ollie Hart, clinical director of the Heeley-Plus Primary Care Network, said: “We’re pretty sure Sheffield will exceed the Government’s target to give everyone in the top four target cohorts their first dose by mid-February, which is great news for the city.

"If there’s anyone who’s over 80, hasn’t had an invitation to be vaccinated and feels they may have been missed, it’s now reasonable to get in touch with your GP.

"Anyone else should continue to wait to be invited to book an appointment.”

The top four groups on the Government’s priority list are care home residents and staff, anyone aged 70 and over and people classed as being ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’.

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Concerns had been raised about a ‘pause’ in supply of the vaccine for surgeries in Sheffield to help other parts of the country which had made a slower start to vaccinations.

But Dr Hart said he was now confident that every one of Sheffield’s 15 primary care networks would receive enough of the vaccines to enable them to hit the Government’s mid-February target.