Manchester FA is proud to support Greater Manchester Health & Social Care with the NHS roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine, and are encouraging our football community to share the following messages with friends, family and other football members across Greater Manchester.
Did you know?
- More than 83 per cent of the adult population in the UK have now been fully vaccinated, with more than 78 million doses delivered in total. In Greater Manchester, more than 3.7 million doses of the vaccine have been given to date.
- It is vital we continue to encourage people to take up the vaccine, with one dose offering some protection, but crucially, two doses for those aged 17 and 9 months and over providing significantly more protection against the virus. It is important we continue to encourage people to be proactive and take positive action to get their own vaccinations and encourage their own families and friends to do the same.
- People can book their first and second dose appointments on the National Booking Service (NBS) at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ Or just search ‘NHS Covid-19 vaccine’
- Alternatively, there are a wide range of hyper-local walk-in and pop up clinics around the North West/Greater Manchester where people can turn up to have their first or second dose vaccine without an appointment. People can find their nearest walk-in clinic at the national site finder: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site/
- Anyone who books their appointments through the national booking service will be offered their second dose appointment 56 to 84 days after their first dose appointment.
- People aged 16 to 17 and 9 months can now book their single dose of the vaccine on the National Booking Service (NBS), in addition to being able to use the national site finder to find walk-in vaccine clinics. More than half of all 16 and 17 year olds in the North West have already had their jab, including those who were eligible previously eligible due to an underlying health condition.
- A booster dose will now be offered to people vaccinated in the first phase of the programme (cohorts 1-9) at least six months after their second dose. This includes people aged 50 and over, frontline health and care workers, people aged 16-49 with an underlying health condition that puts them at additional risk and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed people.
- If you receive an invitation, whether for your first or second dose, please do act on it as soon as possible. If you were invited a while ago and you haven’t come forward yet, it’s not too late.
- The COVID-19 vaccination programme has already substantially reduced the risk from severe illness in the UK population. The latest data (the national coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report from Public Health England, updated on 16 September) estimates that the COVID-19 vaccination programme in England has averted approximately 230,800 hospitalisations in those aged 45 years and over, prevented almost 25 million infections and between 108,600 and 116,200 deaths.