In the current national lockdown, everyone should stay at home as much as possible. However, getting the COVID-19 vaccine, or any other vaccine, is an important medical appointment and a valid ‘essential reason’ for travelling.
Dr Barbara Rushton, Clinical Chair South Eastern Hampshire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups said: “The COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones. The vaccination programme is continuing to roll out over the weeks and months ahead, with more and more people benefitting. The vaccine is being offered to those in the priority groups first before being rolled out to the rest of the population and you will be contacted when it is your turn to receive the vaccine, either by your GP practice or the national booking service, and advised how to book an appointment. However, it will take time to vaccinate everyone, so in the meantime please continue to follow Government guidance to protect the NHS and save lives.”
Cllr Grajewski added: “Even when you have had the vaccine, you must continue to stick to the rules and take particular care not to put clinically vulnerable people at risk. Wash your hands, wear a face covering and, if you have to leave home for an essential reason, keep 2m distance from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble. We all want an end to lockdown, so it is now more important than ever that we continue to observe these simple behaviours, to prevent further spread of the virus and protect our communities. Remember: just because you’ve had the vaccine, does not mean it is safe for you to socialise.”