Top doctors urge people: It’s not too late to get protected

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Three of Teesside and North Yorkshire’s top doctors are encouraging people who have still not had their COVID-19 vaccines to get protected.

The call comes in the wake of a new national report from the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre showing that three in every four patients who required critical care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland over the summer had received no vaccine.

The number of people with COVID-19 receiving care at The James Cook University Hospital currently is 63 today, of which five are receiving critical care.

Dr David Reaich, deputy chief medical officer at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is vital people come forward for their COVID-19 vaccine and, if eligible, their booster as quickly as possible.”

Dr Deepak Dwarakanath, medical director and deputy chief executive, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Tees Valley and North Yorkshire have been hit hard by the impact of the pandemic.

“There is a real opportunity to invest in recovery by taking up the invitation for your COVID vaccine and, if you qualify, your booster jab whilst simultaneously protecting you and your family’s health, and the NHS this winter.”

Dr Janet Walker, a GP and medical director at the Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The COVID-19 vaccine is not just a nice to have, it is really important protection and the impact of putting it off can be seen in the number of people needing hospital care in our area.”