This information has been shared from the NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight. Please read and share with your local friends and family who have questions about the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Vaccination of residents across the region is being carried out through GPs, local hospitals and new local vaccination centres. New locations are being opened up at pace, including at NHS, community and council venues, and some pharmacies, throughout the New Forest.
Applemore Health and Leisure centre is one such site and the team there are working hard to support the NHS.
Across Hampshire and Isle of Wight, the first dose of vaccinations has been administered to over 85% of people aged over 80.
Nearly 9 million people have had at least one dose of the vaccine in the UK so far, which is as many as 250 people per minute. It is being given to the priority groups as identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI):
While many people are keen to be vaccinated as soon as possible, the NHS is asking people to be patient, wait to be invited to an appointment and not to contact the NHS for an appointment before then.
They will be in touch with everyone as soon they can. In order to be contacted, everyone should make sure they are registered with a GP practice in England and have their contact details up to date.
Community First offers New Forest residents a safe, secure and affordable transport service to get to vaccination appointments.
Their minibuses are accessible, COVID secure and operated by trained drivers. Passengers pay a small fare for the journey in line with local bus fares. The service also accepts bus passes to reduce this cost. The cost for each journey will be given when booking.
When you receive your vaccination appointment letter, contact the Community First Transport team on 01425 482773 or email@example.com
Have the date, time and location of your appointment ready. The driver will pick you up from home at the agreed time. You will arrive at your appointment on time and get a safe and convenient lift home too.
The rollout of the vaccine is one part of the action to fight off COVID-19, but it alone will not stop the spread.
Everyone, including those who have been vaccinated, must continue to follow the government guidelines to keep themselves and others safe by complying with lockdown rules;
Even if you've been vaccinated for COVID-19 you still need to follow lockdown and social distancing rules and remember hands, face, space. It's not yet known whether you can still pass on the virus to someone else even once you are protected.
To stop the spread of COVID-19 we all need to follow official advice. Up to date, and trusted information is important to keep everyone informed. False information about the pandemic risks lives.
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