Glimmer of hope as Covid jabs begin
THE first Hanham and Longwell Green residents had their Covid jabs a few days before Christmas.
The start of the vaccination programme is a sign of hope for 2021 after nine difficult months last year since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Kingswood Health Centre was the venue for delivery of the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine, with GPs, nurses and pharmacists from Hanham Health, Cadbury Heath Healthcare and Close Farm Surgery involved.
The first patients, aged over 80, and some frontline health and social care workers,were selected by surgeries and invited to receive their first doses.
More surgeries will be joining the rollout of the vaccination programme this month.
GP Dr Neil Kerfoot, part of the team vaccinating people at Kingswood Health Centre said: “We are really excited to be able to start vaccinating local residents to help protect them against coronavirus.
"We are asking everyone to be patient and not to contact their surgery in relation to vaccination - we will contact you when we are ready to book you in.
"To be in this position is testament to our incredible workforce - they have pulled out all the stops to ensure we are able to start vaccinating. This includes identifying suitable sites and putting in place strong processes to meet the logistical challenges of a programme of this size and scale.”
Sara Blackmore, director of public health at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “This is fantastic progress, and it has been a real partnership effort. It is still vital that we keep following the guidance: Hands, Face, Space; to protect ourselves, our family, friends, neighbours and our whole community. While there will be vaccine for everyone who needs it, the scale of the task means it is going to take some time, and we need to stay mindful of the threat of the virus and do everything we can to limit spread.”
The priority order for those having the jabs has been decided by Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI): 1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers; 2. aged 80 and over and frontline health and social care workers; 3. 75 and over; 4. 70 and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals; 5. 65 and over and all aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality; all those 60 and over; 55 and over; 50 and over.
You can find out more on the Bristol, North Somerset and South Glos CCG website.