The NHS is reminding people in Kirklees not to forget their second vaccination dose.

The rollout of the COVID 19 vaccination has been going well across the area with most of the adult population now having received at least one dose. However, to get the maximum level of protection, it takes two.

NHS managers are reminding people that they should have their second vaccination dose 11 to 12 weeks after the first.

23,000 people in the first priority groups have already received their dose, and the vaccine is being carefully allocated to make sure people get their doses at the right time. Local GP practices are contacting people who had received their first doses to arrange a second appointment.

However, appointments are being booked up fast and the NHS is warning people not to miss the boat.

“Whilst the first dose of the vaccine offers a good level of protection against the disease, evidence from the clinical trials clearly showed that people build up better protection against COVID-19 symptoms when the vaccine is given in two, smaller doses, with an interval between them,” said Dr Phil Wood, Senior Responsible Officer for the West Yorkshire Vaccination Programme.

“Having your second dose will ensure you get the maximum level of protection against this awful disease, which has had such severe consequences for people in our local communities. Please make sure you attend when your practice contacts you or keep your appointment if you already have one. If you have booked your appointment through the National Booking Service but need to change it you can easily do this online or by calling 119.”

Among those getting their dose was 86 year old Helena Lodge, who battled snowy conditions when she got her first dose of the vaccine back in January. She said getting her second dose was “a much better experience.”

You can find out more at: www.kirkleesccg.nhs.uk