MORE than 123,000 Barnsley residents aged 50 or over have had their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

The Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has revealed that nine out of ten people aged 50 and over in Barnsley have had their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

As of April 11, nine out of ten residents had received their first dose, while more than 33,000 had received their second dose.

A spokesperson for Barnsley CCG said: “We’re running lots of second dose clinics during April.

“If you had yours done in Barnsley, please wait to be contacted for your appointment.

“You’ll be contacted around 11 weeks after your first dose, so please don’t call your GP practice to check for your date.

“You might have seen this week that people aged 45 to 49 are now being invited for their first dose. This is just the start of the invite process.

“As we get into May there will be more vaccines and appointments available across the country.

“These will be available here in Barnsley and also at the larger vaccination centres. It’s another big group of people and it’ll take us a few weeks but we will contact you.

“Thank you again to all our vaccination teams and thank you to everyone for supporting the vaccination programme in Barnsley.

“It is still vitally important that if you’ve had your vaccine you continue to follow the guidance and rules while the vaccination programme takes place as you can still catch and pass on the virus to others.”