NHS in Midlands delivers 175,000 spring covid jabs

The NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Programme in the Midlands has vaccinated more than 175,000 people with a spring covid dose since the campaign formally launched last month.

NHS staff have been going into older adult care homes to offer residents the vaccine since 3 April, while everyone else who is eligible including people aged 75 and over or anyone with a weakened immune system have been able to book a vaccine appointment from 17 April onwards.

1.27 million people in the Midlands (around 690,000 in the West Midlands and 580,000 in the East Midlands) are eligible for a spring covid jab.

Roz Lindridge, the NHS England director responsible for overseeing the vaccination programme across the Midlands, said:

“We are delighted that over 175,000 in the Midlands have now come forward for vaccination.

“Anyone who has been invited for a covid vaccine but yet to take it up, should come forward now – it is not too late and I would urge you to book an appointment at your local pharmacy, GP or via the National Booking Service, as soon as possible.

“So if you are over 75 or you have a weakened immune system, then please come forward as soon as possible to book a covid vaccine this spring so you can enjoy summer with peace of mind.”

NHS Director of Vaccinations and Screening Steve Russell said:

“Our fantastic staff have been going into care homes since the start of the month before the offer was rolled out across communities in pharmacies and GP practices last week and the response from the public has been amazing.

“If you are one of those due a jab this spring but yet to come forward – please do book an appointment online or via the NHS App as soon as feasible. It remains the best way to protect yourselves from covid.”