A hospital’s clinical chair for medicine and emergency care services has urged those who are eligible to get their life saving flu vaccine and COVID booster this winter.
In a plea Dr Ramamurthy Sathyamurthy, from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, asked people to book their appointment as soon as possible to prevent them from becoming seriously ill.
“As we near the end of our second year with COVID-19, the best early Christmas present that you could give to me and my fantastic colleagues is to join the millions already vaccinated against the virus, if you have not done so already,” he said.
“The vaccine is safe and effective and the consequences of being unvaccinated can be seen in the faces of my colleagues at The James Cook University Hospital who are still caring day and night for people who are unvaccinated.
“If you haven’t had your jabs, your COVID vaccine has a name on it, and it is for you. It’s not worth the risk of ruining your own health, and the health of your friends and those you love most, by putting it off.
“Lots of people don’t know that flu and COVID-19 can circulate at the same time, and that that flu can be fatal. Both are important to provide vital protection not only to yourself, but also to your loved ones while also helping to ease pressure on the NHS.”
Dr Sathyamurthy continued to thanked people for the support they have shown him and his colleagues throughout the pandemic and asked them to continue to help by using NHS services wisely.
“The NHS is still very busy and you can do your bit by using services wisely and thinking pharmacy, GP or 111 first, using our urgent treatment centres for minor illnesses and injuries and keeping A&E for life-threating emergencies and major trauma only.”