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Over 80s invited to new NHS mass vaccination centres

Mass vaccination sites have been set up by the NHS and are running in addition to the local GP-led vaccination programme in Halton and Warrington.

WomanreceivingherCOVIDvaccinationSome Halton and Warrington residents aged 80 and over may have received a letter inviting them to book a coronavirus vaccination at one of the new NHS mass vaccination centres, which may have caused confusion.

The invitations to book an appointment to receive the vaccine at a mass vaccination site are being issued to people aged 80 or over, who are not listed as having been vaccinated by their local GP practice or hospital hub.

The first batch of letters began arriving on doormats across the country this weekend, having been sent to eligible people who live around 30 to 45 minutes’ drive from one of the new sites.

The aim is to offer as many options as possible for people to get vaccinated, but if you don’t want to attend one of these sites, you will still be able to have your vaccine from the local GP-led service and will be contacted directly by your GP practice in the coming weeks.

The national letters explain how you can book a slot over the phone or online through the national booking service. Appointments are available at the nearest site, providing an additional option to the local GP-led service.

Dr Andrew Davies, Clinical Chief Officer for NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“The mass vaccination sites have been set up by the NHS nationally to provide an additional option for people to get vaccinated if it is convenient for them. If it is not, then please ignore the letter and wait to be invited to attend one of our local vaccination centres by your GP practice in the coming weeks.

“If you have received your vaccination since the national letter was sent out, or if you would prefer to wait to be invited to attend your GP service, you don’t need to do anything and you will be contacted.”

As a result of feedback, the national patient letter is being updated to make it clearer that residents don’t have to attend the mass vaccination centres to receive their vaccine and can wait to be invited locally.