Banbury area residents urged to get second dose of Covid-19 vaccine when invited

The NHS in Oxfordshire has now vaccinated more than 320,000 people against Covid-19, and more than 40,000 people in the county have now had their second dose.

The NHS are urging people in Oxfordshire to come for their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination when they are invited to.

GP led local vaccination sites and hospital hubs, are giving people their second dose; the second dose of the vaccine is offered up to 12 weeks after the first and maximum protection comes two to three weeks after this.

Dr Kiren Collison, GP and clinical chair at Oxfordshire CCG, said: “As the vaccination programme continues, we are now inviting people to come for their second dose of the vaccine. It is vitally important for people who are invited to attend their appointment do so to get maximum and longer lasting protection from the disease.

“We all want our lives to get back to normal and to do this we know that by getting vaccinated we can protect not only ourselves but others around us. By having the second vaccine you will have the best long-term protection from the virus.”

NHS staff are still working hard to deliver the largest vaccination drive in our history, at the same time as providing care for everyone who needs it.

People are being encouraged to play their part too:

- Unless you are in the groups being invited now, please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you when it is the right time

- Please attend your booked appointments at the time you’re asked to, and make sure you come back for your second dose

- Whether you have had your vaccine or not, please continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus and save lives.

Every single member of the public can help support our key workers and the national effort by following the rules where they live to try to contain the virus and remembering hands, face, space at all times.

And if you have coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, make sure you get tested and isolate for as long as is needed to help protect those you care for and others in your community.