Local leaders of the coronavirus response have praised the progress made on vaccinations after North Yorkshire and York reached 175,000.
That number is just for the first doses. Some people have already had their second dose in our area.
It also comes as the vaccination teams expect to beat the government’s target to offer a vaccine to the over 70s this weekend, rather than next week.
Instead the vaccination teams will start to hand out the jab to the next cohort of those over 65-years-old from next week.
- Over 70s in Harrogate district urged to contact NHS for covid vaccine
- Harrogate district records 26 further coronavirus cases
While some have already had their second jabs they will be rolled out more widely in March, it was revealed in a coronavirus press briefing today.
Amanda Bloor, accountable officer for North Yorkshire CCG, told journalists:
“We are making really good progress with the vaccine. We have administered 175,000 first doses so far and some have had their second dose already.
“Massive thanks goes to the team behind the vaccination centres.
“We are confident that we will have offered all over 70s a vaccine by this weekend. If you have not had contact or you refused the vaccine and have now changed your mind then please get in touch.”
Those who are eligible for the vaccine can book an appointment through the national booking system at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.
Those who cannot book online can call a free 119 telephone number, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. The national system allows patients to pick a convenient location and time.