If you're 42 or over, you can now have the Covid vaccine

Date published: 27 April 2021

People aged 42+ are being invited to book their Covid-19 jab as the national vaccine programme – the biggest and fastest in history – continues at pace.

If you turn 42 before 1 July 2021, or you’re already 42 or older, you can now book in to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

You don’t need to wait to be contacted but you must be registered with a GP in the Rochdale borough (Heywood, Littleborough, Middleton, Milnrow and Rochdale).

In order to book for your first dose of the vaccine, log on to the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination and choose from 11 large scale vaccination centres or 38 pharmacy led sites across the North West. Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

The online booking system can not be used to book in at any of the local vaccination hubs within the borough. The closest large-scale vaccination site to Rochdale is at the Etihad Campus in East Manchester.

More than 26,900 people in the Rochdale borough have now received their second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, as of Friday (16 April), and over 101,000 people in the borough have also received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Rochdale’s director of public health, Andrea Fallon, recently told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that more than 90% in the top four priority groups – including all those over 70, the clinically extremely vulnerable – had received their first jabs.

Meanwhile ‘good progress’ is being made with second doses for those in care homes, where two thirds of the 93% immunised have had both jabs.

More than five million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been given in the North West in less than five months, latest figures show.

The region reached the latest significant milestone over the weekend, with figures published on Monday (26 April) showing a total of 5,049,333 first and second doses of the vaccine have been given since the NHS vaccination programme launched on 8 December 2020.

Regional Director of Commissioning om the North West, Dr Linda Charles Ozuzu, said: “The NHS in the North West has hit yet another significant milestone with more than five million people in our communities vaccinated in less than five months – this is testament to the hard work of NHS staff and volunteers involved.

“As we now start to vaccinate people in the next age group, I’d encourage everyone to book their jab when they are invited to protect themselves and their loved ones.

“I’d also like to remind anyone invited earlier in the programme who hasn’t had their first dose yet that it’s not too late to book their vaccine.”

People who are aged 42 or over or who have received a letter or text inviting them to book their vaccine can log on to the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination to book a vaccination at one of the large-scale vaccination centres.

Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

The Greater Manchester NHS Vaccination Centre at the Etihad Campus in East Manchester is the closest large-scale vaccination site to the borough.

If it is not convenient for you to travel so far for a vaccination, you can opt to wait to be invited to attend one of the local vaccination centres in the Rochdale borough instead.

Residents in the Rochdale borough in groups one to nine, which includes everyone aged 50 and over, who have not yet had their first dose of a vaccine can phone or email to book in at one of the local vaccination centres.

Residents aged 50 or over, those who have been advised to shield by the government (the clinically extremely vulnerable), people over 16 with long term conditions, carers and health and social care workers who are registered with a GP in the borough (Heywood, Littleborough, Middleton, Milnrow and Rochdale), can book an appointment at one of the four local vaccination centres in the borough by calling 0300 303 0355 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm) or emailing hmrccg.hmr.enquiries@nhs.net.

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