COVID-19 vaccination clinics are still running across Dorset and anyone who is eligible but has not yet had both their doses is being reminded to get protected before the winter weather arrives.

Nearly 600,000 people across Dorset have had the life-saving vaccine so far – and there’s still time to get yours.

Across the country, health services are seeing an unprecedented demand, and with the winter months normally comes an increase in people becoming ill and needing NHS care.

Getting protected against COVID-19 is just one way you can help yourself, your friends and family and the local NHS.

Vaccinations are currently available throughout the county, with a large number of GP practices still offering appointments for a jab.

If the site where you received your first jab is now no longer delivering vaccinations, you are able to book your second at an alternative site via the National Booking Service either online or by calling 119.

Dr Andy Rutland is clinical lead for the Dorset COVID-19 vaccination programme. He said “The health system is already very busy so in advance of winter we are asking everyone to do what they can to both help themselves and to alleviate the pressure on local services, this includes getting a flu jab when offered, making sure they know where their local services are and getting protected against COVID-19.

“The vaccination programme has been running for nearly a year and thanks to the hard work of everyone involved we have delivered over 1.2m doses in Dorset, however we are reminding people who may not have had theirs yet or may be hesitant to book in for a jab as soon as they can.

“We will soon be starting the next phase of the programme and delivering booster jabs to people who are most vulnerable – when it is your turn we will contact you.”

Sam Crowe, Director of Public Health for Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils said “By getting a COVID-19 vaccination you are helping yourself and your loved ones stay protected from the virus.

“Regular testing for COVID-19 and getting fully vaccinated are some of the tools we have to getting back to the things we enjoy doing.”

For more information and details of local clinics please visit www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk/vaccination.