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GP urges people to have second dose vaccination to protect against delta variant

GP urges people to have second dose vaccination to protect against delta variant
01 July 2021

NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding people of the importance of having both doses of the covid-19 vaccination to protect against the more infectious delta variant.

In order to get maximum possible protection against the virus including the delta variant, people need to have both doses of the vaccine, 8 – 12 weeks apart.

In total, over 264K people have had both doses of vaccine in Sheffield. However, only 73% of people aged 40 – 59 have had the second vaccination, in comparison to 93% of people aged over 60.

Covid hasn’t gone away, in Sheffield there are 153 cases per 100,000 people. Although there is a chance you might still get or spread covid-19 even if you have a vaccine, research has shown the vaccines help reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from covid, reduce your risk of catching or spreading covid and protect against covid variants.

Dr Anthony Gore, Clinical Director at NHS Sheffield CCG and GP in Sheffield, said: “It’s really important that we all have both doses of the vaccine. Some people have said they don’t want their second dose as they had side effects with their first.  You’re less likely to have bad side effects with your second vaccine if you had them with your first. If you do have side effects, they are likely to be mild and only last a few days at the most.

“The symptoms of covid and long covid are much worse and can last a lot longer.  Long covid can cause fatigue, anxiety and impotence and can affect people of all ages, including people who are otherwise healthy.”

On the advice of the JCVI and government second vaccine doses for everyone aged 40 and above or with underlying health conditions have been brought forward from 12 weeks to 8 weeks between each appointment.

Olivia Mateos from Sheffield has had both of her vaccines, she attended the second pop-up clinic at the Crucible for her second dose, she said: “I had my second shot to protect myself and other people in this pandemic really and to do my part in helping in the situation.”

Dr Gore added: “Blood clots and unusual bleeding that have been reported after AstraZeneca vaccination is extremely rare. Vaccines are safe and effective and are the only way to reduce the rate of transmission in the fight against the virus. Having one vaccine isn’t enough, you need both.”

To find out where you can book your first or second dose, and details of walk-in clinics, in Sheffield please visit www.sheffieldccg.nhs.uk/Your-Health/sites-offering-covid-vaccine-to-18-49-year-olds.htm everyone aged 18 and over is now eligible.

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