More than 135,000 people have now received their second dose of the vaccine, and the largest vaccination centre in the area – at the County Showground in Stafford – this week celebrated delivering 60,0000 vaccination doses from just the single location.
Dr Paddy Hannigan, Clinical Lead for the programme said: “It’s important that people get those second doses to give maximum protection from getting COVID and becoming seriously unwell. Recent evidence shows that some people are mistakenly thinking that they are vaccinated with just one dose, but a second jab is vital. Remember, the most effective protection comes from having both doses of the vaccine, so it’s important you do not put off your appointment for your second jab if you have already had your first.
“We know protection lasts for much longer with both doses. The vaccines have been through extensive testing and are safe, but one dose won’t give you full protection. People only have maximum protection if they have both parts.”
People who received their first dose in a hospital hub or through a GP service will be contacted to receive their second dose. They do not need to contact the NHS.
Dr Hannigan added: “In Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent we are seeing over 95 per cent of people get their second dose within the target 12 week period. In most cases where people don’t receive their second dose within 84 days, it is for a reason we know about, which typically maybe because they are unwell and in hospital.”
Anyone who booked their appointment through the national booking service (online at http://www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by ringing 119) will have booked both their first and second appointments at the same time. People who called 119 will have been given details of their second appointment over the phone.