Lancashire residents urged to top up Covid-19 protection ahead of Christmas

The Lancashire Resilience Forum is urging residents to top up their protection against COVID-19 as they prepare to celebrate with friends and family.

It comes as the NHS in the North-West is celebrating a double milestone after delivering its two-millionth autumn dose of the Covid vaccine – two years after the vaccination programme launched. 

The autumn campaign, which started three months ago, is aimed at boosting the protection of those most vulnerable from becoming seriously unwell.

Jane Scattergood, senior responsible officer for Lancashire and South Cumbria Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, said: “It has been an incredible journey over the last two years, and we couldn’t have done it without our dedicated vaccinators and volunteers.

“We need to top up our protection, as immunity does wane, and take up the offer of the booster vaccine to protect our loved ones and ourselves”.

More than 17 million vaccines have been given in total across the region, including more than 4.3 million in Lancashire.

NHS are continuing to offer first, second and boosters to anyone who is eligible, including anyone 50 and over, pregnant women, those with weakened immune systems, unpaid carers, and frontline health and social care workers, if it’s been three months since your last dose.

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, Director of Public Health for Lancashire County Council, said: “Getting your flu and Covid-19 vaccines are two of the most important things you can do to keep yourself and others around you safe this winter.

“The Covid-19 and the flu vaccine can sometimes be given on the same day, but this isn’t always possible, so I would encourage everybody to get each vaccination as soon as they can”.

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