Wiganers urged to play their part in Covid-19 vaccine roll-out
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The Government said the public can commit to three pledges as they bid to reach their target of vaccinating around 14m in the top four priority groups by mid-February.
That includes care home residents and staff; the over 80s; health and social care staff; 70 - 80-year-olds and high risk people over 65.
More than 3.2 million people in the UK have now been vaccinated and to date 45 per cent of those aged 80 and over in England have had the jab.
Ministers want people to help those in the most vulnerable groups by helping with appointments and volunteering in the community.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Throughout this pandemic, I have been in awe of how much the British public has contributed to the fight against the virus. I want to thank everyone for the time, effort and patience they have put in to keep themselves and others safe.
“We recognise that so many people want to support our NHS so health and care workers can continue to save lives, and now is your chance to get involved by helping the remaining people aged 80 and over get their jabs.
“I urge everyone, no matter who you are, what you do or where you’re from, to come forward and take on our three pledges. Everyone has a part to play in this national effort - to protect our NHS, our loved ones and other people’s loved ones too.”
Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service, Catherine Johnstone CBE said: “We are incredibly thankful to all of the volunteers who have stepped forward so far to help us keep communities safe through the pandemic.
"With vulnerable people once again being asked to stay at home and shield, we have seen an increase in requests for support and now, more than ever need more volunteers to join us.
“We would like to urge anyone who can to please support your community with vital tasks such as shopping and prescription collection and medical transport so we can keep people safe and support the NHS.”
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