It’s been a record week for booster jabs in Leeds, thanks to the amazing work of NHS vaccination teams and partners across the region. Over 66,000 vaccinations were delivered across the city, a jump of almost 90% compared to the previous week and the highest number of boosters delivered to date.
Additional appointments have been made available at all centres and hours extended, with staff at community vaccination centres, pharmacies and local GP services working tirelessly to get people protected as quickly as possible.
The number of jabs delivered across West Yorkshire rose dramatically throughout the week. Just 24 hours after the call to increase appointments, vaccinations were up by over 50% and by the weekend had almost doubled when compared with the same days the previous week.
Sam Prince, Senior Responsible Officer for the Vaccination Programme in Leeds, said she could not praise staff highly enough for all they’d done to ramp up the vaccination effort:
“The response from both our vaccination teams and people in Leeds has been brilliant. It’s fantastic that so many people are coming forward for their boosters, and we’re continuing to work flat out this week to get as many people jabbed before Christmas as possible.
“There are still some appointments available this week and we will be offering a range of bookable and walk-in appointments between Christmas and New Year so we are urging everyone to get their jab as soon as they are eligible. Boosters can now be given three months after your second dose so make sure you get yours as soon as possible as we know this is vital to protect people against the Omicron variant.”
Notes to editors:
- People can book their vacations using the National Booking Service, either online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119.
- Recent data shows two doses of the vaccine are not enough to stop people becoming unwell from Omicron but suggests a booster significantly increases protection against the variant.