North Lincolnshire is on course to deliver its 350,000th vaccine shot in the next week. Already more than 343,000 jabs have been administered since the vaccine programme started locally in December 2020.
The latest figures show that 131,000 have had their first vaccine, 121,000 their second and 91,000 a booster jab. Unvaccinated adults are as much as eight times more likely to be admitted to hospital than those who have been vaccinated.
Ruth Twiggins, North Lincolnshire’s Public Health Consultant, said the roll-out had been massively impressive with an average of almost 1,000 vaccines a day administered – but there are still a good number of people who need to come forward to ensure that they can benefit from the protection the vaccine provides.
“The vaccine programme in North Lincolnshire has been very impressive as the figures show. The majority of people have now come forward for the vaccine, but we are still working hard to get everyone through the booster programme and the offer of first and second dose is still there.
“While the new variant does not appear to be causing as much severe illness, the number of infections are at record levels in North Lincolnshire. To protect themselves, friends, family and our community people need to get the vaccine.”
It is easy to get a vaccine, people can book online via the NHS website, through a GP or some pharmacies.
The walk-in vaccination centre at The Foundry in Scunthorpe Town Centre also offers first, second and booster vaccinations with no appointment needed. The centre is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.