More GP-led community vaccination sites will start to vaccinate people in highest priority groups in Somerset from this coming week.
The final three primary care network (PCN) areas will join the existing ten sites launched over the past few weeks across the county, which includes Berrow’s Mulberry Centre near Burnham-On-Sea, as part of a phased delivery plan.
The new vaccination sites include: Wincanton Community Hospital, College Way Surgery in Taunton, and Wellington Community Hospital.
The NHS says that it is expected that over the next few weeks the NHS vaccination programme will ramp up across all thirteen Somerset GP-led community sites and two hospital hubs to offer vaccination appointments for a significant proportion of our highest risk patients across all sites.
The NHS adds that practice teams have been working hard to develop and prepare the new community locations, ready to welcome the first people to have their vaccine over the next few days.
Health and care teams across the county have been working closely with national NHS colleagues to set up local GP vaccination services for the most vulnerable people, alongside the national delivery schedule.
It is expected that the new GP-led sites will be using both the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and the newly approved Oxford/AstraZeneca for the priority groups identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) including care home residents, people aged over 80 and frontline health and care staff.
Andy Heron, joint senior responsible officer for the Somerset COVID-19 vaccination programme, says: “We are really delighted to launch our final three PCN sites – this will ensure that we can increase the number of vaccine appointments we can offer in the community, across all thirteen PCN areas, in addition to the hospital hubs running at Musgrove Park Hospital and Yeovil District Hospital.”
He adds: “We want to thank everyone for patiently waiting to be contacted. Health and care colleagues from across the county are working extremely hard to ensure that we can offer the COVID-19 vaccines as quickly and safely as possible. We are confident that through our new sites and the second COVID-19 Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, we can really start to accelerate our local programme.”
Vaccinations are also expected to start this weekend at Wellington Community Hospital and College Way Surgery in Taunton.
GP practice teams will be joining forces with Somerset County Council and District Council colleagues to call as many eligible people as possible, from the high priority groups to arrange vaccination appointments.
It is expected that over the next few weeks the NHS vaccination programme will ramp up across all thirteen GP-led community sites and two hospital hubs to offer vaccination appointments for a significant proportion of our highest risk patients across all sites.
In addition to vaccination appointments at GP-led sites, clinical teams are working extremely hard to work through a detailed timetable to support the roll out of the Oxford vaccine to vaccinate all care home residents and staff to meet the new Government target of 24 January 2021.
People are asked to support the NHS:
- Please don’t contact the NHS or visit any of our sites to ask about your vaccine: they will contact you
- When the NHS contacts you, please attend your booked appointments
- Continue to follow all the guidance to control the spread of the virus and save lives.