PEOPLE in Wharfedale are being urged to make sure they get their second Covid-19 jab.

With the rollout of the vaccination in the Craven, Wharfedale and Bradford district progressing well, the NHS is reminding people of the importance of having their second dose.

It says everyone needs two doses of the vaccine to get the maximum amount of protection and should have their second around 11 to 12 weeks after the first dose.

More than 32,250 people in the first priority groups have already received their second dose in the district and the vaccine is being carefully allocated to make sure everyone gets their second dose at the right time.

People who received the first dose of the vaccine through their GP practice will be contacted by their practice when it is time for their second vaccination, while those who used the NHS National Booking Service should have already booked their second appointment.

Nancy O’Neill, deputy accountable officer and strategic director of transformation and change at NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Whilst the first dose of the vaccine offers a good level of protection against the disease, evidence from the clinical trials clearly showed that people build up better protection against Covid-19 symptoms when the vaccine is given in two, smaller doses, with an interval between them.

“Having your second dose will ensure you get the maximum level of protection against this awful disease, which has had such severe consequences for people in our local communities. Please make sure you attend when your practice contacts you or keep your appointment if you already have one. If you have booked your appointment through the National Booking Service but need to change it you can easily do this online or by calling 119.”

Mohammed Bostan, 95, who had his second of the Covid-19 vaccination at Long Lee Surgery, Keighley, said: “I have been absolutely fine, after my first vaccination, and I’m happy to have had my second one. I would definitely advise you to have it. This is a good thing, a ‘cure’ for this illness.”

People who have had the vaccine are also being reminded that they still need to follow national Government guidance to protect both themselves and others from Covid-19.

Common side effects of the vaccine are mainly mild and short term and can include a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where the injection was made , around one to two days afterwards. People may also feel tired, have a headache or mild ‘flu symptoms.