A new tranche of invites for Covid-19 vaccinations are being sent out to Isle of Wight residents.

The Solent NHS Trust is encouraging Islanders aged 65 and over, those recently added to the government's shielding list and adult carers, in receipt of a carer's allowance, to book online, or call 119.

Letters are now also being sent out to Islanders aged 64.

A mass vaccination centre is open at the Riverside Centre in Newport.

Yesterday (Monday), the government released its roadmap to leaving lockdown - a four stage plan which will last until June.

The success of the vaccine programme was hailed as 'extraordinary' by Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty.

Isle of Wight County Press:

Riverside Centre, Newport

David Noyes, Chief Operating Officer at Solent NHS Trust, said: "We are really proud to be playing a key role in the NHS's biggest ever vaccination programme.

"It has been fantastic to see the positive reactions of people as they receive their first doses.

"We know that the vaccination is a real way out of this pandemic.

"Anyone aged 65 to 69 who has not yet been vaccinated is now being urged to respond to their recent invite to get their life saving coronavirus vaccine.

"People who have been added to the government's shielding list and people in receipt of carers allowance can now book an appointment. They do not need to wait for a letter.

"We have appointments available 7 days a week, between 8am and 8pm and you can choose the centre which best suits you."

  • If you have already been given an appointment by a GP-led service, attend that one and do not book another.
  • If you would prefer to get your vaccination at your GP surgery, wait to be called, said the Trust.