Ninety per cent of Sheffield residents aged 70 and above fully vaccinated against Covid-19

Over ninety per cent of Sheffield residents aged 70 and above are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 1:20 pm

Figures from NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group show that 65,368 people – or 92 per cent of those aged over 70 years old – have now had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The figure was released as the Government plans to ease lockdown rules further on Monday, allowing pubs and restaurants to welcome customers back inside again.

Groups of six or two households can also meet indoors again from next week and some indoor entertainment venues will open.

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Ninety per cent of patients aged 70 and over in Sheffield have been vaccinated against Covid-19

Alun Windle, Chief Nurse and Covid Vaccination Lead at NHS Sheffield CCG, said: “It is fantastic news that the vast majority of our over 70s are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

“People in this age group are most at risk of serious complications from covid-19 so it’s really important that they are vaccinated. If you’re in this age group and haven’t had your vaccination yet, please contact your GP, ring 119 or visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination to get your vaccine booked in.”

Clive Betts, MP for Sheffield South East, aged 71 and who has had his second jab, said: “Now I’m fully protected I feel safe to go out and carry out the face to face aspects of my job as a local MP. I’m looking forward to returning to Parliament, while still observing social distancing.

“It’s absolutely brilliant news and a huge congratulations to all GP practices, CCG and council for delivering the astonishing vaccination programme. It’s vital that younger people are now vaccinated to protect older people and reduce transmission to end the pandemic so we can return to normality.”

In total over 287,000 people in Sheffield have had their first vaccine and over 142,000 have had their second.

Everyone aged over 40 is now eligible for a vaccine.

Chief Nurse Alun Windle added: “Vaccines offer us the best chance of returning to normal life and relaxing lockdown restrictions for good, it’s vital we keep on vaccinating as many people as possible. It’s important to still continue to follow the government’s guidance on social distancing, even after vaccination.”

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