Leeds vaccines: Huge milestone as 250,000 adults in Leeds vaccinated against Covid
The Covid-19 vaccination roll out in Leeds has passed a huge landmark this week by vaccinating more than 250,000 adults.
The vaccine is now being offered to people aged 56 and over as the mass vaccination programme continues to ramp up.
According to data from NHS England on 7th March, Leeds has given 251,050 vaccinations to adults in the area.
Councillor Salma Arif, Executive Member for Public Health at Leeds Council, praised the work of NHS teams and community services who helped to deliver the vaccination programme across the region, and urged people to book their vaccine when contacted.
"I want to congratulate Team Leeds who have really pulled together to achieve this.
“We still have a long way to go until we vaccinate as many adults as possible and I’d urge people, when they get the call, to book their appointment.”
Cllr Arif has already received her vaccine as she lives with her mum, who is in the clinically extremely vulnerable group.
“As a young woman I’d heard some of the rumours flying around and so I did my research, found out the facts and took the positive decision to have the vaccine. The process was safe and friendly and I had no side effects.
“I know there are many people across Leeds who are providing care and support for family and friends who are less able or have an illness - thank you for what you are doing.
“We are keen to open up the city and vaccination is key to doing this safely.
“I’d just like to say thanks to the people across Leeds for how brilliant they’ve been throughout the pandemic. We will get through this.”
If you are a carer and are not in receipt of Carers Allowance or registered as a carer with your GP, get in touch with the Carers Leeds Vaccination Helpline: 0113 2468338 or email: [email protected] to see if you are eligible for the vaccine.