Lincolnshire coronavirus vaccine programme
The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is our best defence against the virus and has been developed and approved following a number of clinical trials involving thousands of people across the world. The vaccine is given by injection into the arm or shoulder and you will need two doses to gain the maximum protection. These doses are given up to 12 weeks apart. While one dose will provide considerable protection, the second dose completes the course and is important for longer term protection.
Having the vaccine means you are helping to protect yourself and those around you. In Lincolnshire, we are making great progress as the vaccine continues to be rolled out across the county to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) priority groups.
In the first instance, the vaccine was offered to all healthcare workers, care home residents, the elderly and the ‘clinically vulnerable’. It is now being offered to the wider population in order of priority. If you have not yet received a call, text message or a letter inviting you to book an appointment, please be patient – you WILL be invited to attend. Please do not attempt to book a vaccination appointment or attend a vaccination centre, unless you are in the current priority cohort.
Of course, even though the COVID-19 vaccine is our best defence against the virus, it’s important to still follow the Government guidance on social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hands.
You can find an easy-read guide to the COVID-19 vaccine here.