Thank you to everyone working tirelessly on COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

8 February 2021 12:50pm

Issued by COVID-19 Vaccination Service 

A message of thanks has been issued to the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin COVID-19 Vaccination Team working tirelessly to vaccinate the most vulnerable.

The NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is working incredibly hard to deliver the COVID-19 vaccination to the most vulnerable local people, at the same time as providing care to all those who need it and whilst coping with the rising number of COVID-19 cases and winter pressures.

Praise has been issued to everyone working to support the programme – from volunteers to vaccinators and many others – as well as the wider public for their continued support and understanding.

This immense local effort across the Shropshire, Telford rollout of the programme across our communities.

In just a matter of a few weeks, GP-led local vaccination services have been launched across all our primary care networks (groups of GPs), hospital hubs, and roving vaccination teams for care homes and the housebound.

The large vaccination centres at Telford International Centre, The Shrewsbury Indoor Bowls Centre and Ludlow Racecourse have also opened their doors. Plus two pharmacy run vaccination services at Woodside Pharmacy, Telford, and AFC Telford United which is delivered by Wellington Pharmacy.

The thank you message comes as nationally published figures show that as of 31 January, 72,626 doses of the vaccine had been given in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

Vaccine delivery continues at pace, with all care home residents in older people care homes have been offered the first dose of the vaccine, over 90 per cent of over 80s, and 56 per cent of the 75 to 79-year-olds have been vaccinated.

We are vaccinating people according to national guidance. Pending vaccine supply, very good progress is being made to meet the target of vaccinating the first four priority groups by the middle of February.

We understand that people in the priority groups are keen to receive their vaccine. We’d like to reassure people that the NHS will be in touch with you.

Thank you for being patient and waiting for the NHS to contact you – we will get to you as quickly as possible.

Angie Wallace, COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Director for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin said: “The vaccination programme in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is off to a strong start. We have made incredible progress in a very short space of time since the vaccination – which is safe and effective – first became available. We’d like to thank the entire Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin COVID-19 vaccination team who have done an incredible job to deliver what is the largest vaccination programme in our history.

“This has been an incredible effort by everyone involved. It is thanks to the tireless work of the whole team across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and the support of local people.

“Our ambition, if supplies allow, is to have offered vaccines to the most vulnerable by the middle of February.”

The rollout is good news, but we cannot afford to be complacent. The large increase in cases hospitals are seeing and the emergence of a new variant of the virus also shows that we cannot let our guard down now, and even those who have received a vaccine still need to follow all the same guidance as everyone else to help protect others.

The public have an important part to play to help us do all of this, so we are asking:

Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives – that means staying at home as much as possible and following the ‘hands, face, space’ guidance when you are out;

  • Don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you;
  • When we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments.

Thank you for your continued support for the vaccination programme and your local NHS.

We understand that there is great interest in the programme.

For this reason, we have created a central source of information about the programme, including frequently asked questions, news updates, and a list of vaccination sites:

https://www.sath.nhs.uk/covid19/public/#vaccine