More than 90% of over 45s in Sheffield now have their first dose of the COVID-19 jab.
24th-30th April 2021 marks World Immunisation Week, which in the era of COVID-19 is more important than ever. This years theme is #VaccinesWorkforAll and the campaign focuses on how those who work to make and deliver vaccines protect the health of everyone.
More than 34 million people in the UK have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with those over 42 now being invited to receive theirs across England.
In Sheffield, 210,054 people over the age of 45 have now received their first dose of the vaccine, which is more than 90% of the city’s 45 and over population.
Sheffield resident’s David, 68 and Norma, 67 said: “We’ve had both doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine, it gave us a sore arm and a headache but no other symptoms.
“I’d really recommend that people have it but it’s not fair to force it on people, everybody could have their own reasons for not wanting it”.
Carl, 56, a Sheffield Hallam University employee, said: “The rollout has been amazing, really well organised. It’s been almost like a military operation.”
The UK is currently leading the way in vaccine rollout across Europe, closely followed by countries such as Germany and Turkey. Countries such as Iceland are towards the bottom of the rollout list, with only 121,530 vaccines being distributed across the country.
Dr Jennie Evans, Director of External Affairs of the British Society for Immunology said: “Immunisation is one of the safest and most effective public health interventions in the world and saves between 2 and 3 million lives per year.
“The British Society for Immunology is proud to celebrate World Immunisation Week and encourages everyone to join in promoting the use of safe and effective vaccines to protect people of all ages against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases”.