The NHS has begun the biggest mass vaccination campaign in its history to protect people against Covid-19.
In England, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs and also at larger vaccination centres.
By the end of January, everyone in England will be within 10 miles of a vaccination site or, for a small number of highly rural areas, the vaccine will be brought to them via mobile teams. There will also be capacity to deliver at least 2 million vaccinations in England per week by the end of January and all residents and staff in over 10,000 care homes across the country will be offered a vaccine by the end of the month.
The aim is to:
- vaccinate every care home resident by the end of January
- everyone over 70 and anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable by mid-February
- the rest of the priority groups after that, possibly by May
By 15th February the government aims to have offered a first vaccine dose to everyone in the top four priority groups identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI):
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
Three vaccination centres now open across the High Peak
Three vaccination centres have now opened in the High Peak and begun administering the Covid-19 vaccine to priority groups. Those eligible will be contacted by phone, text or letter and invited for an appointment. Individuals who are housebound will be contacted and district nurses will visit their homes to administer the vaccine.
Buxton Medical Practice: This vaccination hub has been set up in collaboration with colleagues at Elmwood Medical Centre, Hartington Surgery and Stewart Medical Centre.
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MP Robert Largan said, “There is a long way to go but I’m really pleased that the vaccine rollout is going well. This lockdown is very difficult so it’s important to remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”