Together We’re Better update | 5th march 2021

March 8, 2021 2:03 pm

It’s a great feeling on a Friday, to know we have reached another milestone (400,000 vaccines delivered), as each week we get closer to vaccinating all adults by the end of July 2021.

With the number of new cases starting to come down and the vaccine beginning to have an impact, it feels as though the tide is starting to turn. However, it’s too soon to take our foot of the gas, as we know the roadmap to recovery is very much dependent on the vast majority of people receiving the vaccine. We need everyone to keep doing their bit; by getting the vaccine when invited and continuing to follow social distancing and getting tested. This is the only way to avoid another wave.

Across the UK nearly 21 million vaccines have been given and locally we’ve delivered an impressive 410,019. This means 40% of adults locally have received their first dose, and 22% of adults have received their second doses. There’s still a long way to go, but we’re confident we have the capacity and enthusiasm and importantly vaccine supplies are continuing to increase.

Our mission is to ensure no one gets left behind, and there’s a lot of work happening to ensure people who have not yet come forward for the vaccine are contacted and encouraged to book their vaccine. However, we’re making fantastic progress and we’re ready to move to the next eligible group, with national letters expected to arrive over the coming days inviting people aged 55-59 to book an appointment at the larger centres and pharmacies.

Following the success of the care home group, we have set up a number of workstreams to give a targeted focus to BAME and other priority groups. We’d like to thank colleagues in the local authorities and voluntary sector who are helping inform our approach. It’s a real partnership effort and starting next week our roving teams will be vaccinating the homeless population, before they leave the winter residencies. We also have robust plans in place to continue to vaccinate people with learning disabilities or serious mental health illness. A lot of work has happened behind the scenes, as often bespoke plans are needed around the individual.

Working with the local authorities and local communities, we have also trialled dedicated pop up clinics in a mosque in Stoke and Burton to increase uptake. So far the results have been positive and you can read more below.

All of this positive work is reaching the national team, and on Monday we had a special visit from the Prime Minister at Tunstall. There was a real buzz from the staff and volunteers at the centre, and it was great to see everyone get well deserved recognition. Later in the week, we also had a thank you as a system from Matt Hancock, who did a video to thank partners, staff and volunteers.

Any of our sites would have been worthy of these visits, and we hope that the hundreds of staff, clinicians and volunteers involved in this programme take a moment to reflect on this national recognition. You are part of the biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS, and thanks to you it is a success. Despite the pace of the programme, we continue to be impressed by your enthusiasm, dedication to ensuring no one gets missed and the long hours we know you are putting in. Thank you for everything you are doing.

You can read the full update here

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