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Two closing vaccination sites say thanks to their communities

31 March 2022

Two local Covid-19 vaccination centres jabbed their last arms and closed their doors this week after 15 months of life-saving work to help protect residents.

The GP-led vaccination centres run by Harpenden Health Primary Care Network (PCN) and Maxted Road in Hemel Hempstead stepped up to the challenge after the national programme was launched by NHS England in December 2020. Combined, the two sites have since vaccinated over 180,000 people aged five to 105.

Efforts made by Harpenden Health PCN were a collaboration between the town's three GP practices: Davenport House Surgery, The Village Surgery and Elms Medical Practice. However, the PCN was boosted by additional support from local organisations, including The Harpenden Trust, St Albans District Council and Harpenden Town Council.

At Maxted Road, staff have offered a special thanks to Community Action Dacorum who supported their site by providing stewards in all weathers. They have also recognised the important contributions by local organisations, including Dacorum Borough Council who helped set up the vaccination site.

Many local businesses also supported the efforts at both centres, offering things like food to staff and volunteers, as well as supplying equipment.

Among staff from the GP practices who led the vaccination operations across the two sites - which included pharmacists, paramedics, and care coordinators – were also over 360 volunteers.

Emma Janes, site manager said: “The Maxted Road centre has been an amazing demonstration of a community pulling together to protect local residents. We could not have achieved what we had without our fantastic team of staff and our volunteers from Community Action Dacorum.”

Hayley Geurts, site manager at Harpenden Health PCN’s centre added: "We extend our thanks to everyone who has contributed to this incredible community effort, including the patients who thanked us in so many ways."

The Harpenden Health PCN have arranged for a commemorative bench to be placed on the Common in front of the town’s Public Halls, which was unveiled by Mayor, Paul Cousin at its closing event on 26 March.

Although these two sites are standing down, vaccination appointments continue to be available for all members of public across west Hertfordshire.

Dr Corina Ciobanu, GP Chair for Dacorum locality, said: “With Covid-19 infection rates so high it’s still important to make sure you’re fully vaccinated. We would urge anyone aged 75+ or anyone who is clinically vulnerable to book their spring booster vaccine when they are contacted by NHS – or to get their first, second or third doses which continue to be available as part of the ‘evergreen’ offer.”

You can get a COVID-19 vaccination by:

  • arranging a vaccination through your local surgery – they will contact you when it’s your turn;
  • making an appointment via the NHS national booking service online at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 (free), between 7am and 11pm seven days a week; or
  • attending a walk-in site. Go to the Healthier Future website for the latest information.

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