RESIDENTS who are awaiting their Covid-19 vaccination have been reassured that they will be contacted for their appointment when its available.

Currently vaccinations are being offered to three priority groups; residents aged 80 or over, care home residents and staff and other health and social care staff.

Bolton CCG aim to have all of these priority groups vaccinated by the end of January.

All residents who are over 80 can have their vaccination in Bolton, but they also have the option of going to the Vaccination Centre at The Etihad Tennis Centre.

The centre opened this week along with other sites across the UK to help facilitate the vaccine rollout and ensure more people can be vaccinated sooner.

There has been some confusion among residents in the priority groups as to when and where they will be vaccinated, however Bolton CCG have revealed that all those due a vaccine will be contacted.

A Bolton CCG spokesman said: “We would like to reassure our over 80 year olds that they will be offered the vaccine in Bolton, unless they prefer to attend the Vaccination Centre at The Etihad Tennis Centre.

“We are continuing to deliver our local vaccination programme with the aim of offering the vaccine to priority groups before the end of this month. The priority groups include: those aged 80 and over; care home residents and staff; and other health and social care staff.

“Regional Vaccination Centres have been introduced by NHS England as an additional option for people who may not have yet received their invitation to attend a local venue. This helpful extension of the vaccination programme will mean people have a choice and more people will be vaccinated quicker.

“If you are in one of the three priority groups, we would remind you to wait for your invitation.”

Meanwhile Downing Street have revealed that the Government is committed to rolling out the vaccine as fast as possible.

The official spokesman for the Prime Minister said: "Our focus is on getting the vaccination into people’s arms as quickly as possible. We can obviously only move as fast as the supply of the vaccine is made available.

“Manufacturing will increase and the NHS will continue to ramp up to ensure we can provide more and more vaccines throughout this month, through February and throughout the year in order to vaccinate all adults by the autumn.”