More than five million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given in the North West in less than five months, latest figures show.
The region reached the latest significant milestone over the weekend, with figures published yesterday (Monday, 26 April) showing a total of 5,049,333 first and second doses of the vaccine have been given since the NHS vaccination programme launched on 8 December, 2020.
People aged 42+ and those due to turn 42 before 1 July 2021 are being invited from today to book their COVID-19 jab as the national vaccine programme, the biggest and fastest in its history, continues at pace.
The decision to move to people aged 40-43 will be set out in the coming days with the NHS vaccinating in line with JCVI advice and as supply allows.
NHS staff, partners and volunteers from across the region celebrated the five million dose milestone with a series of photographs and quotes for social media.
Nardia Buck (pictured above), a nurse at Beacon Primary Care and vaccinator at the Hants Lane Clinic site in Ormskirk, said: “I am proud to be part of such a wonderful team and a huge achievement.
“Congratulations to everyone across the North West!”
People who have received a letter or text inviting them to book their vaccine can log on to the national booking service and choose from 11 large scale vaccination centres or 38 pharmacy led sites across the North West. In West Lancashire, there is a pharmacy-led site at Edge Hill University.
Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.
Although having your NHS number to hand will reduce the booking time, knowing it is not required to get a slot for a jab, as anyone in the top six priority groups identified by the JCVI can book their appointment online or by phone.
GPs are contacting those who are housebound to jab them at home.
For more information and FAQs on vaccines in our area, visit the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria website.