People in Bradford and Craven have been reminded to get their second dose of the vaccine to maximise their protection.

Britain has one of the most effective vaccine roll outs in the world. However, it did this by prioritising a single dose of the vaccine in order to ensure as many people have some protection as possible. However, the trade off is that many people have been waiting 11 to 12 weeks before having the recommended dose.

With such a gap there is a concern that some people might forget to get their second dose. That’s why NHS managers have issued a reminder for people to get their booster as soon as they are eligible.

Bradford and Craven has been progressing well so far. More than 32,250 people in the first priority groups have now received their second doses and the vaccine has been allocated carefully to make certain everyone gets their second dose at the right time. Those who received the first dose will be contacted through their GP when it’s time for the second.

Meanwhile those who used the NHS National Booking Service should have already made their second appointment.

“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,” said Nancy O’Neill, deputy accountable officer and strategic director of transformation and change at NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group. 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.”

Mr Mohammed Bostan, who had his second of the COVID-19 vaccination at Long Lee Surgery, Keighley, said: “I have been absolutely fine, after my first vaccination, and I’m happy to have had my second one.

“I would definitely advise you to have it. This is a good thing, a ‘cure’ for this illness.”

However, even when you’ve had your second dose you are reminded to follow COVID safety guidelines to protect yourself and others.