Sophia’s had her jab and is encouraging her friends and family to do the same

A patient at Oakwood Medical Practice in Leeds has had both doses of her COVID-19  vaccination and is encouraging others to have theirs as soon as they are invited.

A patient at Oakwood Medical Practice in Leeds, Sophia James, aged 82, has had both doses of her COVID-19  vaccination and is encouraging others to have theirs as soon as they are invited.

Sophia, who has been shielding since the start of the pandemic due to having Type 2 Diabetes, said: “I’m very happy to have had both of my COVID-19 vaccinations. Some of my friends and family are a bit scared about having the vaccination, but I’ve reassured them after having my jabs and I want everyone to have theirs too. I hope we will soon be returning to a normal life”

Dr Jason Broch, GP and Clinical Chair for NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We know that some people may be hesitant about having their vaccinations and there has been a lot of misinformation on the vaccines, which has understandably caused concerns.

“We want to reassure people that the vaccines have been through the same safety process that all vaccines have to go through, and this has shown they are safe and highly effective at protecting people from all ethnic backgrounds against the effects of Covid-19.

“If you have any concerns, please make sure you use trusted information sources and only share reliable information with friends and family. Our website has all the latest information on the vaccines, including information from local community and faith leaders, or you can visit the NHS or government websites for more information.”

Trusted resources and places to get more information include:

The NHS is reminding people that it is important to continue to follow guidelines even after having the vaccine. Remember hands, face, space – regular hand washing, wearing a face covering where asked to do so and keeping a safe distance from others.

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