Greater Manchester’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout exceeded 3.5million jabs this week in another major milestone for the programme.

As of Thursday (13 August), 3,540,501 doses had been administered, offering the city region’s residents increased protection against the potentially fatal disease.

Sarah Price, interim chief officer, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “We are immensely proud of the vaccination programme in Greater Manchester, and how far we’ve come since the first jabs in December.

“I’d like to thank all the staff and volunteers who have worked on this rollout, which has been a phenomenal undertaking.

“This hard work continues with the NHS and our partners across the region organising clinics for those who are waiting for their second jab or for those who have not yet been vaccinated. Remember, it’s not too late to come forward for the jab and it is very easy to head to a walk-in clinic where there is no appointment necessary.

“And we are now in the process of inviting 16 and 17 year-olds to have the vaccine.”

You can find vaccine clinics across Greater Manchester and the North West at https://www.england.nhs.uk/north-west/grab-a-jab and, if you prefer to book ahead you can go to www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccine or call 119.

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