People in Leeds are being given extra opportunities to get vaccinated as part of a major national drive to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates this weekend (26-28 November).
Hundreds of extra appointments for both boosters and first and second doses are on offer at vaccination centres across the district in the nationwide promotion – dubbed ‘The Big Vaccine Weekend.’ Some centres will also be offering walk-in appointments to make it as easy as possible for people to grab whichever jab they need.
To date, over 575,000 people in Leeds have been vaccinated and uptake for boosters amongst those who are eligible has also been high.
But health chiefs hope the Big Vaccine Weekend will encourage anyone who needs a jab to come forward, particularly as Christmas festivities start to get underway.
Sam Prince, Senior Responsible Officer for the Vaccination Programme in Leeds, said: “COVID-19 is still very much here and we hope the Big Vaccine Weekend will prompt anyone who needs a jab to come forward, whether it’s their booster or their first or second dose.
“40-49 year olds are now eligible for booster jabs, as well as all those who are aged 50 and over, unpaid carers and people who have a health condition that puts them at increased risk from COVID-19. And the JCVI has also recommended that 16-17 year olds should have a second dose, so we know there will be lots of people in these groups who are keen to get their vaccinations as soon as possible.
“Whichever jab you need to protect you against Covid-19, come and get it this weekend and make sure you are protected for Christmas”.