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15 February 2021

“Best Valentine’s present ever” as top four groups of most vulnerable now vaccinated

 David and Thelma Senior had ‘the best Valentine’s Day present ever’ this year as they joined hundreds of thousands of other over 70 year olds in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw who have now received a COVID-19 vaccine.

The couple from Sheffield had their vaccination at Sheffield Arena on Valentine’s Day and today it has been confirmed that everyone in the top four priority groups across the region have now either had or been offered a vaccination.

David said: “We have been married for 53 years but this was by far the best Valentine’s Day present we could have asked for. It is such a relief that we have had the vaccination and we would urge everyone to come forward as soon as it is their turn. It was great that we both had our jabs at the same time but we won’t be dropping our guard just yet as we know we have to wait before we can meet up with the rest of our family. We would feel awful it we gave anyone the virus, so we are happy to be patient for a bit longer.”

NHS organisations across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw have now vaccinated or given an appointment to everyone in the top four most vulnerable groups which includes those aged over 70, clinically extremely vulnerable residents, care home residents and staff as well as frontline health and social care staff.

From this week, people aged 65 to 69 are being sent a letter from the NHS national booking service inviting them to book an appointment to receive a jab. Primary care vaccination centres will also begin calling Clinically Vulnerable residents.

Anyone aged 70 and over who has not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 and who would like to be has been asked to contact the NHS by visiting or by calling 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. If a suitable and convenient slot is not available people can also call their GP practice.

Those who are aged 65 to 70 years old are asked not to contact the NHS and to continue to wait to be contacted about their appointment.

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