All Isle of Wight residents over the age of 18 will be able to book themselves in for their COVID-19 vaccination from tomorrow morning (Friday), paving the way for the country to unlock and for life to get back to normal.
NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has announced the expansion of eligibility tonight (Thursday), hailing the news as a watershed moment. It means that the UK is now on the final push towards easing coronavirus restrictions, with life set to return to normal on 19th July. The quicker people get vaccinated, the better for everyone.
Over 5.6million people in the South East have had the lifesaving jab so far, with more than 8 in 10 adults having had their first dose, and over 4.1 million second doses administered also. It was reported by Island Echo earlier today that over 2million vaccines have been given across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The NHS is geared up for high demand after the first group of people in their 20s to be offered vaccines booked more than 1 million appointments nationally in a single day. You can book your vaccination by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or by calling 119. (Please note: the system may not allow you to book until 07:00 on Friday morning).
Between 08:00 and 10:00 tomorrow morning (Friday 18th June), anyone over 18 (1st jabs only) can attend a walk-in clinic at Westridge, Ryde. No appointment is required – simply turn up and wait.
Today’s milestone comes fewer than 200 days since the NHS made history by delivering the first COVID vaccine outside of a clinical trial to Maggie Keenan in Coventry. The first person on the Isle of Wight to receive a vaccination was 98-year-old Kenneth Killeen from Newport.
Vaughan Lewis, NHSEI South East Medical Director, has said:
“This is a remarkable moment for the South East and England as whole and, if you are aged 18 years or older and are yet to book your Covid jab, today should be the day you make that happen.
“Only months after delivering the world-first first jab hard working NHS staff in the South East have given more than 9.5million vaccinations, saving thousands of lives and giving the entire country hope for a brighter future.
“Extensive planning and the tireless work of staff and volunteers have made the NHS vaccine programme an historic success.
“We are now delivering a final push to protect people across the South East against COVID-19 so if you haven’t already had your jab then please come forward and make your first appointment”