Stoke-on-Trent City Council are urging people with appointments for a vaccination to please use them. There has been a great uptake of the vaccine from people in the city – we won’t be able to give stats on this as this work is NHS-led – but we want to urge people to make sure they don’t waste their appointment.
Please don’t be a DNA (Did Not Attend) statistic, and please prioritise your vaccination appointment – it’s life-saving. Anyone who has a COVID-19 vaccination appointment booked, but can’t attend should reschedule via the ‘manage my bookings’ button on the National Booking System, or by calling 119. Every DNA means someone has to wait longer and risk vaccines being wasted.
All adults aged 18 + in England can now book their COVID-19 vaccine. People with a learning disability over the age of 16 are also now eligible for the vaccination. Please book yours as soon as possible by going to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
If you care for someone with a learning disability who has not received an invite, contact your GP.
Don’t forget to press ‘confirm’ when booking – you’ll need to take your reference number along to your appointment.
If you have booked your vaccine, it’s really important that you keep your appointment, and if you can’t, please cancel it.
It is really important that everyone has the vaccine when they are offered it.
Remember that just because you have had your first or both doses of the vaccine, it is unfortunately not 100% protection from the virus. Although your risk is lower, there is the chance that you can still catch it and you can still spread it to others who can become poorly from it.
The first dose should give you more protection from 3 – 4 weeks after you’ve had it, but you need 2 doses for stronger and longer-lasting protection.