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Eligible patients in Liverpool urged to book Covid vaccine now

22 Mar 2021

Anyone in Liverpool who is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, but who hasn’t booked their first dose yet, is being asked to make an appointment as soon as possible. 

Members of the public can have the vaccine now if any of the following apply:

  • You’re aged 50 or over
  • You’re clinically extremely vulnerable (you’ve been asked to shield)
  • You’re aged 16–64 with an underlying condition that puts you more at risk from Covid
  • You’re an unpaid carer

Groups of Liverpool GP practices are working together to invite patients to a network of local vaccination sites across the city. Eligible people will automatically be contacted by text, phone or letter – they don’t need to phone their own GP to request the vaccine. 

Alternatively, those who have received a letter or text message inviting them to access the national booking system, can use the link provided to them or call 119 to choose a slot at one of a number of sites across the region.

All vaccinations are by appointment only – no drop-ins are available.

Dr Fiona Lemmens, a local GP and Chair of NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “The Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective, and the best way to protect yourself from the virus.

“There’s been lots of discussion about vaccine safety recently, which we know might have been worrying for some people, but it’s really important to understand the facts. The vaccines approved for use in the UK have all met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness. Millions of people have been given a Covid-19 vaccination in this country alone, and no long-term complications have been recorded.

“If you’ve been invited to have your vaccination now it’s because you are in one of the groups who are at most risk from Covid-19, and you need to take action. Please don’t wait any longer to book your appointment, and encourage friends and family to do the same.”

People are asked not to make multiple appointments at different sites, and cancel any appointments they can no longer attend, so that they can be used by someone else.

Those who will be due to have a second dose of the vaccine soon are being encouraged to make sure they attend their appointment. The latest guidance is that a second dose should be given between 77 and 84 days (11 to 12 weeks) after the first. People who booked their first dose through the national booking system and/or received their first dose at the regional vaccination centre, or at a local pharmacy or hospital, should have been offered a second vaccination appointment when they booked or received their first dose. If they didn’t, they can go online and book this now. People who received their first dose at a local GP-led site will be contacted around a week and a half before their second dose is due and asked to make an appointment. This process is in place to make sure that the appointments offered to patients at GP-led sites match up with vaccine availability.

Anyone in Liverpool already identified as a carer in their GP records; those who receive Carer’s Allowance; or those known to Liverpool City Council or Liverpool Carers Centre Local Solutions, will be automatically invited for a Covid-19 vaccination. Anyone who thinks they might be eligible to receive a vaccine as a carer, but who doesn’t receive Carer’s Allowance or have their status recorded with any of these organisations, should contact the Liverpool Carers Centre. This includes carers aged 16 – 18, as well as adult carers. They can do this either by calling: 07545652775, or by emailing: carersvaccine@localsolutions.org.uk. Alternatively, they can also complete an e-referral form by visiting: www.localsolutions.org.uk/carers-vaccine.