The NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme is well underway in Rotherham, with this first being rolled out in Anston.
At the end of December, MyRotherham reported on the first borough resident to receive the vaccine.
Since then, two more dedicated centres have been opened at Montgomery Hall in Wath and the St Ann’s Leisure Centre. Two additional sites followed at Rawmarsh Customer Service Centre and Oak House, Bramley. The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is also designated as a “hospital hub.”
The Rotherham COVID vaccination contact centre is now calling eligible patients to book their COVID-19 Vaccination. There is no longer a requirement for you to call, the centre will contact you when it’s your turn for the vaccine.
First to be vaccintated are residents identified in one of the high-priority groups, on a phased basis over the coming months.
High priority groups
- Residents in a care home for older adults, and their carers
- Over 80s, frontline health and care staff
- Over 75s
- Over 70s, and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- Over 65s
- Under 65s with underlying health conditions
- Over 60s
- Over 55s
- Over 50s
GP Practices are working with local care homes to arrange vaccinations for residents and staff members.
Due to the advantages of more easily transporting and storing the Oxford vaccines, this is initially being targeted in care homes, with the continued use of the Pfizer vaccine in the vaccination sites.
Sue Cassin, chief nurse at Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “GPs in Rotherham are working together in groups to deliver vaccines to vulnerable people as fast as the vaccines are being delivered to us from the national stores.
“Getting the vaccination will help protect you and your family against the COVID virus.”
There are already almost 1,000 vaccination sites across the country. The vast majority, almost 800, are GP-led services and they are expected to deliver most of the vaccinations.
Hundreds of pharmacy-led services will also deliver vaccinations as supplies become available with a handful of pilot sites starting this week.
More than 80,000 people have trained to deliver the vaccines and will be deployed as supplies allow the programme to expand.
They include current and former NHS staff, clinicians from the independent sector and allied health professionals like physios, among others.
Information on the vaccine is available at www.nhs.uk/covidvacine.
Images: NHS / Rotherham CCG