PEOPLE aged 30 and over in Morecambe Bay are being encouraged to come forward for the COVID-19 vaccine.

In Lancashire and South Cumbria, those aged 30 and over are already being invited to book an appointment, and health professionals across Morecambe Bay are now encouraging those aged 30 and over to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered to them.

Dr Lauren Dixon, Barrow GP and GP Executive Lead for Integrated Care at NHS Morecambe Bay CCG said: "The response since the vaccine began being offered to younger cohorts has been very encouraging, and hopefully people of all ages will continue to take up the offer of a vaccine when they are called upon to do so. Holidays or live events shouldn’t be the only reasons why people to decide to have the vaccine – it’s about protecting yourself and family and friends, including the elderly and those with health conditions, and it’s vital that everyone who is eligible comes forward.

"The take-up locally so far has been fantastic, but there is still work to be done."

The COVID-19 vaccine is currently available to anyone who is aged 30 (or turns 30 before 1 July 2021), those at higher risk, carers, and people with learning disabilities.