COVID-19 Vaccinations Team Visited Thorney Bay Caravan Park In Canvey
As part of local efforts to protect communities against the new Omicron variant, local NHS staff and volunteers from Canvey Primary Care Network are driving up efforts to reach deep into their communities by holding regular pop-up outreach clinics at local caravan parks at Thorney Bay and Kings Park.
The Essex Vax Van was used as part of a wider programme of activity to make sure as many people as possible are boosted.
There are currently over 70 sites across mid and south Essex offering COVID vaccinations. Visit https://www.essexcovidvaccine.nhs.uk/ for latest information on when and where.
The Government is rolling out the fastest booster programme in Europe, building a wall of defence to protect people and save lives. Nine in ten people aged 12 and over have now received a first vaccine dose – and 33 million people have received booster or third dose jabs, more than any other country in Europe.
More than 175,000 people now received their COVID-19 Booster jab across mid and south Essex since the national call to #getboosted was made on 12 December. The NHS is urging as many people as possible not to delay getting double-vaccinated and to get a COVID-19 booster. The call is also for those who have not yet had a first jab to do so as soon as possible to avoid serious illness and hospitalisations as the weather turns colder and we head further into winter.
To book or manage your 1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/.
Government and Top GPs Urge Families to Protect Children with NHS COVID Jab
The Government are reiterating calls for parents to book their children in for their COVID-19 vaccinations, helping keep them in school and to protect their education, health and wellbeing.
Over 1.4 million 12 to 15 years olds have received their first vaccine dose since September - the vaccine is safe and effective, but many more parents are yet to take up the offer of a vaccine for their children. That is why the Government is making vaccine appointments as accessible as possible for young people as we encourage parents to make sure their child gets vaccinated. 12 to 15 year olds are now able to get their first dose at school and at walk-in sites, and parents can book appointments for their children with almost half a million slots available across the country.
The country’s top family doctor has also urged families to get their children protected against coronavirus, as the NHS vaccination programme makes hundreds of thousands of appointments available.
Vaccines help protect young people from Omicron, keep schools open and protect their friends and families – those who have yet to book theirs should do so online now. To view comments from the country’s top family doctor, the Health and Social Care Secretary and the Education Secretary urging families to protect children with NHS COVID jab, please visit: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2022/01/top-gp-urges-families-to-protect-children-with-nhs-covid-jab/.
New Campaign Launched Urging Pregnant Women to Get Boosted Now
Today the Government has launched a new campaign urging pregnant women to Get Boosted Now, helping them to keep themselves and their babies safe.
The consequences of COVID-19 when you are pregnant are clear and potentially devastating – including the increased possibility of premature birth, admission to intensive care and a heightened risk of stillbirth. That is why the Government has launched a new campaign that will share testimonies of pregnant women who have had the jab on radio and social media, reassuring pregnant women that vaccination provides the best protection for both them and their babies from COVID-19.
The new campaign joins forces with the experts at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to highlight the serious risks of catching COVID-19 and the benefits the vaccines bring to protecting both mothers and their babies. The new campaign urges pregnant women ‘don’t wait to take the vaccine’ and highlights the risks of COVID-19 to mother and baby, and the benefits of vaccination.
The COVID-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women and have no impact on fertility, which has been made extremely clear by the government, its senior clinicians and a range of independent experts from stakeholder groups such as the RCOG, the RCM and the British Fertility Society.
The Government is committed to helping pregnant women keep themselves and their babies as safe from this virus as possible as we urge everyone to get boosted now. For any more information on the COVID-19 booster jab and pregnant women, including comments from the DHSC Chief Scientific Adviser, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-campaign-launched-urging-pregnant-women-to-get-boosted-now.
One Year Anniversary of UK Deploying Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine
Wednesday marked the one year anniversary of the UK’s deployment of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine – since then 2.5 billion doses have been administered globally, giving billions around the world a UK made way to fight back against the virus.
Backed by Government funding, the UK-made, Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has played a crucial role in the fight against COVID-19, saving countless lives in the UK and around the world. We have distributed around 2.5 billion doses at cost to more than 170 countries and almost two-thirds of these have gone to low and lower-middle-income countries – we will donate a further 20 million AstraZeneca doses to countries in need this year as part of our commitment to donate 100 million doses overall.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is the largest in British history and was established at unprecedented speed, with thousands of vaccine centres set up rapidly in England, meaning around 98% of people live within 10 miles of a vaccination clinic.
The UK led the world on vaccine research, providing results for 3 of the successful vaccine candidates through huge phase 3 trials for Oxford/AstraZeneca, Janssen and Novavax vaccines. The Novavax trial is the largest ever double blind placebo controlled trial in the UK, recruiting 15,000 participants from 35 research sites in just over 2 months.
Our vaccine programme is world leading but with the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, it is more important than ever that people come forward for their vaccines and booster to protect the progress we have made. For more information One year anniversary of UK deploying Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, including comments from the Health and Social Care Secretary and Vaccines Minister, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/one-year-anniversary-of-uk-deploying-oxford-astrazeneca-vaccine.