Public advised to wait for Covid-19 vaccine call

People living in Wiltshire who are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine should wait to be contacted by the NHS, instead of calling their local hospital or GP practice directly.

The advice comes as the NHS prepares to deliver the first batch of vaccines for Covid-19, which were officially approved for use by the medicines regulator last week.

First in line for the vaccine will be people aged 80 and over, who are already expected to attend hospital, as well as care home staff and the frontline NHS workers most at risk.

The rollout of the vaccine is a huge logistical challenge, and comes at a time when the NHS is already managing ongoing coronavirus-related challenges, as well as traditional winter pressures.

Vaccines have been delivered to the first cohort of 50 hospital hubs across the country, which includes Great Western Hospital in Swindon, who have started vaccinating patients this week.  

Vaccinations will take place over the next few months and people can show their support by waiting to be contacted with instructions of how to receive the vaccine, while continuing to observe the current social distancing guidance.

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