With the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination in Kirklees progressing well, the NHS is reminding people of the importance of having their second dose.

People need two doses of the vaccine to get the maximum amount of protection and should have their second vaccination 11-12 weeks after their first dose.

Over 23,000 people in the first priority groups have already received their second dose in Kirklees and vaccine is being carefully allocated to make sure everyone gets their second dose at the right time.

People who received the first dose of the vaccine through their GP practice will be contacted by their practice when it is time for their second vaccination, while those who used the NHS National Booking Service will have already booked their second appointment.

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Dr Phil Wood, senior responsible officer for the West Yorkshire Vaccination Programme, said: “Whilst the first dose of the vaccine offers a good level of protection against the disease, evidence from the clinical trials clearly showed that people build up better protection against Covid-19 symptoms when the vaccine is given in two, smaller doses, with an interval between them.

“Having your second dose will ensure you get the maximum level of protection against this awful disease, which has had such severe consequences for people in our local communities.

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“Please make sure you attend when your practice contacts you or keep your appointment if you already have one. If you have booked your appointment through the National Booking Service but need to change it you can easily do this online or by calling 119.”

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Helena Lodge, 86, battled snowy conditions when she got her first dose of the vaccine back in January.  She said getting her second dose was “a much better experience.”

Helena, originally from Northern Ireland, came to Huddersfield in 1965 to complete her nurse training. She worked at St Luke’s Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, completing 30 years of NHS service before her retirement.

She said: “I think it’s a good thing to have the vaccine.”

People who have had the vaccine are reminded that they still need to follow national Government guidance to protect both themselves and others from COVID-19.

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