Kirklees smashes vaccination record as health chiefs urge residents to ‘keep coming forward’

A record-breaking 41,500 Kirklees residents took up the offer of a vaccination last week.

The surge follows an appeal by Kirklees’ Director of Public Health for residents not to leave their jab until the New Year as the Omicron wave sweeps across the country.

This is a jump of more than 90% compared to the previous week, when 21,000 jabs were given, and the highest number of boosters delivered in Kirklees to date.

On 10th December, the government announced an acceleration of booster vaccinations for all adults in England. Since then, NHS staff, local pharmacists, council workers and volunteers across Kirklees have been working flat out to give residents the protection they need.

Every Kirklees resident over the age of 18 can now get their jab book a booster if it’s been three months or more since their second dose. Vaccination centres in Kirklees are also offering first and second vaccinations for anyone over 12 years old who is eligible.

Additional appointments have been made available at all centres and hours extended, with staff at community vaccination centres, pharmacies and local GP services working tirelessly to get people protected as quickly as possible.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Kirklees Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “If you’re over 18 and it’s been three months since your last jab, there’s a vaccination waiting for you right now. Please don’t leave it until the New Year to get protected.

“We’ve seen an incredible response from local people to get their booster but we need to keep up the pace and make sure everyone gets the protection they need. You can go online today and book a jab through NHS website or you can visit a walk-in centre and get your jab without an appointment. Just log on to the council’s website to find out how to get yours.

Key ways to get first, second or booster jabs for all Kirklees residents:

Use the national booking system

Find a walk-in centre

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