08 Jan 2021

St Helens GPs have taken delivery of the first batch of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine later today ready for use next week.

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine can be stored in a regular fridge and is far less fragile than the Pfizer one which means that GPs will be taking it out next week to vaccinate residents and staff in our care homes and also housebound residents.

As soon as we receive further supplies of both vaccines, we’ll be continuing with our mass vaccination clinics at Saints and calling the rest of our over 80s and then working our way through the priority list in order of age and clinical risk.

We advise patients to take up whichever vaccine they are offered so they can be protected from Covid-19 as soon as possible.  Both the Pfizer and Oxford vaccines have been given regulatory approval by the MHRA and both are safe and highly effective.

If you or a family member is over 80 but hasn't yet been called, please be patient - as soon as we receive further supplies and are ready to vaccinate you, your GP surgery will contact you to book you in.

If you have any questions on the Covid-19 vaccination programme, please visit our FAQ page or if you can't find the answer to your question, send us an email at: commmunications.ccg@sthelensccg.nhs.uk