Content originally from Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership
The first GP vaccination centres across mid and south Essex have begun the local roll-out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history has begun.
Nine GP vaccination centres have been busy delivering the first batches of the vaccine across mid and south Essex with more to follow in the coming weeks.
- The Brentwood Centre
- Puzey Family Practice, Rochford
- Beacon Medical Group, Danbury Medical Centre
- Highlands Surgery, Leigh-on-Sea
- Stifford Clays Health Centre, Grays
- Audley Mills Surgery, Rayleigh
- Maldon District Council Offices (for Blackwater Medical Centre, Longfield Medical Centre and Tollesbury Surgery)
- The Valkyrie Surgery, Westcliff on Sea
- The Nevendon Centre, Wickford
Nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff are working alongside GPs to vaccinate those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and other health care workers, identified as priority groups for the vaccine.
We understand everyone is very keen to get their vaccinations as soon as possible. This will be a marathon over the coming months, not a sprint.
- We will keep expanding the programme as we get more vaccines.
- So we can go as fast as supply allows, the NHS has been recruiting and training more vaccinators and support staff from across the NHS and outside of it.
- All of these will be trained, assessed and supervised, just like regular NHS vaccinators.
Our hospital vaccination hubs in Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital and our neighbours at Colchester Hospital have now received further deliveries of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and will enter their second week vaccinating people considered the most at risk of the virus – those aged 80 and over, care home staff and health care workers.
Both hospital vaccination hubs are operating seven days a week from 8am to 8pm. They are offering the vaccine initially to those already attending the hospital as an outpatient and patients being discharged home after a hospital stay. All available appointments at Basildon University Hospital are now filled until 21 December, more people with be contacted when new appointment slots become available in the next few weeks.
Residents of care homes will also receive their first vaccine shortly after distributors finalise new, stringent processes to ensure safe delivery of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
Larger scale vaccination centres treating large numbers of patients at a range of venues including sports halls and venues, conference centres and NHS sites are also preparing to stand up later in the month when further supplies of the vaccine are available.
The local NHS will contact people in the priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine and local residents are being asked not to contact their practice enquiring about vaccination.
Patients receive two doses of the Pfizer vaccine by injection into their upper arm, at least 21 days apart. For further information about the vaccine visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/
Further information about the local COVID vaccination programme is available at eput.nhs.uk/news-events/coronavirus/coronavirus-vaccine/