DEDICATED staff and volunteers at Northlands Surgery have stepped up to play their part in the biggest ever immunisation programme undertaken by the NHS in its 72-year history.
Calne's Covid vaccination programme has got off to a great start with the majority of Care Home residents and staff vaccinated (some remain outstanding due to illness or absence) and almost all over 80's having now received their first jab at Northlands Surgery.
The programme is well on target to meet the Government deadline of 15th February for the first four priority groups to be covered, vaccine supplies permitting.
Calne Town Council are delighted with how well the centre has performed, Calne Mayor, Robert Merrick said: "This has been a fantastic example of people working together to achieve great things, there has been an abundance of volunteers willing to lend their time, the public have helped too by observing the guidelines put in place and their patience and understanding surrounding the inevitable increase in traffic on vaccination days, and of course the three surgeries working together, they have done so well."
Alison Ingham, Practice Manager of Northlands Surgery, thanked the Mayor and said Northlands was proud to be the local Vaccination centre for Northlands, Patford House Partnership and Jubilee Field Surgery, ie Calne & Yatton Keynell Primary Care Network (CaYK PCN). To date, CaYK has vaccinated well over 3000 patients and made excellent inroads into the Government’s top priority groups, ie Care Homes and Care Home staff; the over 80s; and frontline health and social care workers.
Alison stressed that this could not have been achieved without the amazing volunteer help co-ordinated by the surgeries' Patient Participation Groups and the tremendous contribution made by surgery staff. Thanks also to local residents for their patience and understanding whenever North Street gets clogged up with traffic on vaccination days.
Covid vaccination clinics run weekly with CaYK set to meet the Government target of vaccinating the top four Priority Groups by mid February, vaccine supplies permitting (supplies are dependent on Priority Groups being completed at regional and national level.) People will be contacted centrally by the NHS or by their surgery in priority order.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination:
1.residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2.all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3.all those 75 years of age and over
4.all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5.all those 65 years of age and over
6.all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7.all those 60 years of age and over
8.all those 55 years of age and over
9.all those 50 years of age and over
Please see https://www.gov.uk/.../joint-committee-on-vaccination-and... for more information.
Photo 1 - From Left - Volunteers Pam Friend and Cllr Sam Pearce-Kearney, Dr Elizabeth Tully, Nurse Amanda Watts, Calne Town Mayor Robert Merrick, Lucy Hutchings, newly vaccinated Patricia Spooner and Doctor Richard Leach
Photo 2 - Patient Patricia Spooner receives her vaccination from Dr Tully