Dr Linda Charles Ozuzu, the North West’s lead for the NHS Covid-19 vaccine programme, is urging everyone with a long term health condition to take up the offer of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Unfortunately, people with long term health conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease and people with a learning disability or autism are six times more likely to become seriously ill if they catch the Covid-19 virus. And with the levels of the Delta variant of the virus remaining high in the community, this means the risk is high of catching the virus.
Linda has overseen the roll-out of the vaccine programme across the region, with over 9 million doses of the vaccine administered across the North West.
“Getting yourself vaccinated really is the best line of defence for people – and is how we are all going to be able to get back to normal life. Side-effects from the vaccine are short-lived and in reality, are minimal compared to the impact that Covid can have if you catch it.”
There are a wide range of walk-in vaccination clinics across the local area – details are available here https://bit.ly/2SntZaj or book an appointment on the National Booking Service website at www.nhs.uk/Covid-Vaccination.
The latest figures in Bury show that 129,918 people have now had their first dose of the vaccine, and 108,875 residents have had both jabs (6 August, 2021)