The COVID-19 vaccination programme is continuing across the Island. It’s important that once you or your loved ones have had their COVID-19 vaccination that we continue to follow the national lockdown guidelines; stay at home.
“COVID-19 cases on the Island are still very high”, said Simon Bryant, director of public health.”While we’re starting to see a positive reduction in the rate of cases, it is still critical that we keep going and working together as a community to drive the rate of infection right down.”Even if you’ve had the vaccine, please stay at home and remember hands, face, space if you have to go out for an essential reason. Staying at home and making space from people not in your household or support bubble are the number one things we can do to protect each other and keep the Island safe.
This is true whether we have had the vaccine or not.” Councillor Dave Stewart, leader of the council, said: “Every 30 seconds, the NHS in England admits someone with COVID-19 into hospital. COVID-19 vaccines reduce the chance of people getting seriously ill from coronavirus. Some people may still get coronavirus despite having a vaccination, but the effects should be milder.”So now is not the time to breach the restrictions – in fact now is the time to knuckle down and ensure that we are all following the regulations and staying home as much as possible.”
Led by the Isle of Wight NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the focus for vaccinations remains on those in the priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination from the independent Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations. This includes people aged 70 and over, as well as front line NHS and social care staff working with those in priority groups.Dr Michele Legg, GP and chair of the Isle of Wight NHS CCG, said: “The rollout of the vaccine is undoubtedly a great weapon in our arsenal to fight off COVID-19 – however we must not get complacent and ignore government guidelines.”
The NHS will get in contact with you to offer you an appointment. Please do not contact your GP practice in the meantime. These NHS webpages have more information about how the vaccine is being rolled out across the Island.
Remember hands – face – space and ventilate.