Strong start for vaccination programme
HUNDREDS of people in the Hanham area have already had their first jabs during a fast rollout of the Covid vaccination programme.
Seventy per cent of people aged over 80 in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire had been vaccinated by January 21, making the area one of the most successful in the country.
Several local centres are now vaccinating over-70s and the clinically extremely vulnerable as well as over-80s and frontline health and care workers.
GP practices have joined together in primary care networks to deliver the jabs. They are working alongside the hospitals and the super vaccination centre at Ashton Gate in Bristol. Another super centre is due to open at Bath Racecourse and some local pharmacies are also about to start running vaccination clinics.
Kingswood Health Centre was the first in our district to start giving vaccinations, just before Christmas. It is working with Cadbury Heath Healthcare, Close Farm Surgery and Hanham Health in the 4PCN primary care network.
Dr Neil Kerfoot, a GP and a member of the clinical team responsible for the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Covid-19 vaccination programme,said: “I’d like to thank all of our staff who are working so hard - as well as the public for their patience and support. There's still much to be done, and we are working tirelessly to ensure the vaccine is rolled out effectively to everyone in the area who needs it.
“We want to reassure our over 80s population that if you haven't yet been contacted - please don't worry, we will be in touch very soon.”
Priority groups have been decided by the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
The team at Ellacombe Pharmacy are about to start running a Covid-19 vaccination centre at Longwell Green Community Centre.
The plan is to start with a programme of nine to 12 hours daily.
Appointments will be through the National Booking Service, so please do not contact the pharmacy - wait for an invitation. Volunteers will be needed to run the clinics so if you are able to help do get in touch.