Stokies in race-against-time to get Covid jab before Christmas

Families are facing a race-against-time to book their Covid jab ahead of Christmas. The NHS has set a deadline of Thursday, December 14 for people to book their Covid and flu jabs through the national booking system.

It comes as latest figures show there have been 32 coronavirus cases in Stoke-on-Trent in the past week – at a rate of 12.5 cases per 100,000 population. Staffordshire has recorded 80 cases in the past week – at a rate of 9.1 cases per 100,000 population.

Now Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board wants as many people as possible to book their latest Covid and flu jabs before the Thursday deadline. Walk-in appointments will still be available.

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Lorna Clarson said: “We all love a Christmas get together. But it’s not uncommon to have four generations gathered in the same household so they can become super-spreader events. That’s why it is so important that anyone who is eligible gets their vaccination protection.

“Covid and flu vaccinations will be available for some people after 15 December at pharmacies and we will be running pop-up and walk-in clinics, however by making sure you are vaccinated early, you will be playing a vital role in maintaining yourself and your loved=ones’ health.

“Covid vaccines will be available at some venues and walk-in clinics until 31 January 2024 and flu vaccines until 31 March 2024. Everyone deserves to be safe and happy around this busy and festive time.”

To book an appointment click here or phone 119. For walk-in vaccinations click here.

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