GPs have begun offering the Covid vaccine across Worcestershire as the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history gains further momentum.
Vaccination services run by family doctors and their teams are starting across both Worcestershire and Herefordshire this week.
Some GP practices across the two counties have now received delivery of the Covid vaccine and have started their clinics, with the rest following over the coming days and weeks when more vaccines arrive.
The NHS has said it will contact people in priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine and reminded residents to not contact their GP practice or local hospital directly asking for an appointment.
The last few weeks has seen practice teams working rapidly to redesign their sites and put in place safe processes to meet the tough logistical challenges of offering the vaccination.
Dr Gemma Moore, practising GP and lead for Droitwich and Ombersley PCN, said: “This is the greatest vaccination programme ever undertaken by the NHS and to help vaccinate people safely we will be delivering it in convenient and familiar settings.
“As a GP I’m proud to be part of this huge national effort to protect our patients against the virus and I would urge the public to come forward when they are called up for the vaccine.”
Simon Trickett, chief executive of NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG, added: “Delivering the covid vaccination programme in Herefordshire and Worcestershire is a huge challenge.
“However, our local general practice has an excellent track record of delivering mass vaccination programmes and I’m confident that we can use this experience to help protect people from Covid-19 and start getting life back to normal again.”
The NHS is also preparing to open dozens of mass vaccination centres across the country in order to vaccinate people against Covid-19.
Last week, the location of a third mass vaccination site in Worcestershire was revealed.
The Three Counties Showground in Malvern was confirmed as the designated vaccination centre for both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
A recruitment drive for vaccinators at two ‘mass vaccination’ sites in Bromsgrove and Worcester was also recently launched by the NHS, suggesting vaccination centres could also be set up there.
The locations given are the ‘Artrix Centre in Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove’ and ‘Eden Close, Worcester’, which is by St Peter’s Baptist Church, both with free parking.