Covid-19 vaccination centres opening in Dacorum and Hertsmere
5 Jan 2021, 19:00
Residents aged 80 and over as well as people living and working in care homes and health and social care workers from Dacorum and Hertsmere will receive their first Covid-19 immunisation from this week onwards. Vaccination centres in Maxted Road, Hemel Hempstead and Allum Hall in Elstree open on Thursday.
The NHS is prioritising those the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and government has decided will benefit the most. GP practices are working through their patient lists and people will be contacted when it is their turn to be vaccinated.
Vaccinating all those in the priority groups will take some time and with a new, more infectious strain of the virus in circulation the NHS is asking everyone to assist the vaccination programme by:
Corina Ciobanu, GP Chair for Dacorum Locality said: “Thanks to the incredible efforts of all GP surgeries locally as well as NHS staff and volunteers, the local vaccination centre covering Hemel Hempstead and Dacorum opens this Thursday. Over the last four weeks we’ve been working tirelessly to set up a safe, well-run vaccination site. We’re looking forward to inviting our first patients to receive their vaccine – and to extending our programme in the weeks and months ahead.”
Dr Alex Byrne, Chair of Herts Health GP Federation and one of the organisers of the Allum Hall site, said: “General Practices across Hertsmere are working together to offer a community-based Covid-19 vaccination service. We have been working tirelessly to get all the elements in place, from fridges to parking signs, to ensure we have got a safe and efficient system for vaccinating patients. It has taken a huge team effort involving not only our practice and other NHS staff, but also Hertsmere Borough and Hertfordshire County Councils, Allum Hall trustees, voluntary agencies, the fire service, local police, local schools and supermarkets. All of this has been done whilst maintaining our usual GP services, which are still continuing.
Dr Kate Page, GP Locality Chair for Hertsmere said: “We will be inviting patients in to receive their vaccine, following a strict eligibility list. You can help us with rolling out the vaccine by waiting to be contacted by us and not ringing to ask for a vaccination appointment. Don’t worry – we will be getting in touch with all eligible patients.
“Together, our teams at the local GP-led centres bring years of experience and knowledge delivering vaccination programmes. The entire medical profession is very excited to see the roll-out of this safe and effective vaccine to protect our patients.”
The Dacorum and Hertsmere sites are the latest in a series of GP-led local vaccination centres to open in west Hertfordshire, with thousands people in priority groups across the area having received their first dose of the vaccine in recent weeks. Vaccines have been given as they have become available and delivered to local sites.
Dr Jane Halpin, Chief Executive of our area’s three Clinical Commissioning Groups said: “The amount of work that has gone into preparing for the biggest ever vaccination programme in the history of the NHS cannot be overestimated. The work undertaken to bring the vaccine into communities in a safe and secure way has been simply remarkable.”
Everyone who is vaccinated will need a booster jab. It takes a few weeks after getting the second dose for the person’s antibodies to reach their optimum level.
For more information go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/