Public advised to wait for coronavirus vaccine call
People living in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire who are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine should wait to be contacted by the NHS, instead of calling local hospitals or GP practices directly.
Vaccinations have begun for people aged 80 and over, care home residents and staff and frontline NHS workers most at-risk. Once these groups have been vaccinated, those over 70 will be contacted, before rolling out to the next group in line with the Governments vaccination plan.
The rollout of the vaccine is a huge logistical challenge, and comes at a time when the NHS is already managing ongoing coronavirus-related challenges, as well as traditional winter pressures.
Local people can show their support for the operation by waiting to be contacted with instructions of how to receive the vaccine, while continuing to observe the current social distancing guidance.
The physical process of giving the vaccine to the one million people living in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire will be a marathon and not a sprint, with vaccination happening over the next few months.
More information on the vaccine can be found online at www.nhs.uk