Bishop's Stortford MP Julie Marson urges over-18s to get vaccinated
Bishop's Stortford MP Julie Marson is urging young constituents to book a Covid-19 vaccination.
From Friday (June 18), anyone aged 18 and over can receive their first jab at Bishop's Stortford Football Club's Woodside ground.
As of Thursday (June 17), 125,330 doses had been administered across the Conservative's Hertford and Stortford constituency – higher than the average across the country.
Mrs Marson said: "Young people have sacrificed so much during the pandemic. Jobs have been lost, education has been disrupted and plans have had to be put on hold for such a long time.
"While generally less at risk of serious illness compared to their older relatives, young people have done so much to protect others. I would like to thank them for this selflessness.
"To all young people in Hertford and Stortford, I ask you to do one more thing during this pandemic: please get your jab.
"I'd also like to thank our medical professionals and volunteers who are responsible for one of the fastest Covid-19 vaccine roll-outs in the world. I've been fortunate enough to have had the chance to help out at a few of our vaccine centres and I can say first-hand what an incredible job they're doing."
As the largest ever NHS vaccination programme begins its last lap, her message has been echoed by Dr Jane Halpin, chief executive of the Hertfordshire and West Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Anyone aged over 40 can now get their second vaccination – key to increasing protection against the more virulent Delta/Indian variant.
Studies have found the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be 96% effective against hospitalisation after two doses while the Oxford-AztraZeneca is 92% effective.
The last push comes as the NHS in England passed the milestone of delivering 60 million vaccine doses across the country in just six months.
Across Hertfordshire and west Essex, over 1.6m doses have been given so far. Almost 74% of eligible adults have had their first dose and over 680,000 people have had their second – meaning 54% of the eligible adult population is fully vaccinated. It's vital that the remaining people complete their course to ensure they get full protection as soon as possible.
Dr Halpin said: "Thanks to the incredible work of NHS staff up and down the country, around three-quarters of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with over half having received both.
"I'm thrilled that in Hertfordshire and west Essex so many people have had their vaccination and are helping the country as a whole beat this devastating virus.
"If you've been offered the vaccine before but haven't yet taken it up, don't worry, the offer of the vaccine will not expire – so if you've been invited but haven't made an appointment yet, please do so today and bring us one step closer to freedom."
To book a vaccination appointment, go online at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination or call 119.