Vaccine milestone in Kirklees as 50 per cent receive second Covid jab

More than 50 per cent of people vaccinated in Kirklees have now had their second dose of the Covid-19 jab.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 5:07 pm
Sue Kitcher receives her vaccine from healthcare assistant Sandra Kemp at the Al Hikmah Centre in Batley

This comes as it was announced that one third of adults in England have now had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Latest data shows that 212,990 people in Kirklees have now been vaccinated, with 109,435 of these having received both doses of the jab.

In total, 44 million people in England have now had at least one dose of the vaccine and are benefitting from the protection it offers against Covid-19.

Faha Bilal receives her second jab from healthcare assistant Gail Harper at the Al Hikmah Centre in Batley

Second doses remain a priority, and health chiefs say it is vital everyone books in for their second jab to ensure they receive the maximum protection from coronavirus.

The NHS is vaccinating in line with guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation as supply allows. If you are aged 40 or over, you can book an appointment online at http://nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119 for free.

Steve Brennan, senior responsible officer for the vaccination programme in Kirklees, said: “Kirklees is making fantastic progress on our vaccination rollout and ensuring as many people as possible get the maximum protection against this awful virus.

“It’s really important that people continue to keep their appointments for their second dose so we can keep moving forward with the vaccination programme and our goal to give every adult their jab by the end of July.

“I would also urge everyone who is eligible to book their vaccination as soon as possible to help to protect both themselves and others."

Commenting on the national position, Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and medical director for primary care at NHS England, said: “Yet another incredible NHS milestone has been reached as one in three adults in England have now had both doses of the Covid vaccine - meaning that they have maximum protection from the virus.

“Reaching this milestone is no accident – it is down to months of hard work and everyone in the NHS who has played a role in this is helping to protect millions of people from serious illness and saving lives.

“We can all be rightly proud of what we have achieved as we get more of the population fully vaccinated over the coming weeks and months.

"So when you are eligible for your vaccine, please do book in – it is simple, effective and will protect you and your loved ones.”