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Coronavirus: More local people in their 60s receive their vaccinations

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As the vaccination programme in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin continues to gather pace, more people in their 60s are being offered their vaccinations. With over 85% of local people aged over 65 now vaccinated, people aged 64 and under are being lined up to be next to receive their vaccination.

Letters inviting everyone aged 65 to 69 inclusive went out a week ago; this week, people aged 64 can book; and invitations will be sent to everyone aged 60 to 63 inclusive next week (from Monday 1 March 2021).

Steve Ellis, Service Director, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin COVID-19 Vaccination Service, said:

“We’ve seen a very positive response from local people aged 65 and over booking their appointments, so much so that there are now just a small number of people in this group left to be vaccinated. We are asking them, and anyone else 65 or older, and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable who may not yet have been vaccinated, to book in as soon as they can.”

People aged 64 or over, who want to have their first dose, should log in to the national booking system at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week.

From early March, people aged 60 to 64 inclusive will be asked to do the same and book in for their first jab, which will be available at one of the four vaccination centres or three pharmacies delivering the vaccinations in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

Everyone is encouraged to have their NHS number to hand to reduce the booking time. To find your NHS number, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/find-nhs-number

Anybody who chooses not to use the national booking system can still wait to be contacted by their local GP to offer them an appointment.