We continue to move quickly to rollout the vaccine to those who most need it, see our latest vaccination rates here.
In a major milestone for the NHS vaccination programme, Covid-19 vaccines have now been offered to residents at every eligible care home across the Black Country and West Birmingham. This means nurses, GPs and other NHS staff have offered the life-saving jab to people living at more than 330 care homes with older residents.
This is a great achievement and I would like to thank all staff involved for their extraordinary work and tireless efforts so far. The delivery of the vaccine to care homes for our older and most vulnerable people who have had little contact with the outside world throughout the pandemic is a wonderful achievement.
There are a small number of care homes who have had their visits deferred by local directors of public health due to internal outbreaks of Covid-19, however these homes will be visited and vaccinated as soon as it deemed safe to do so and NHS staff are allowed to visit. Vaccination staff are also returning to homes that have been covered to vaccinate any residents who were unable to have it during the previous visit because they had recently had Covid-19 or for other clinical reasons.
Our ambition now, is to have offered vaccines to everyone in the highest priority groups by the middle of February. We are on track to deliver this and will be moving vaccine between sites to ensure that it is distributed appropriately to achieve the target.
We are now sending vaccine invites to people aged 70 and over and adults of all ages who are the most clinically vulnerable – those who have been shielding, including some cancer patients and those with lung and heart conditions. Our GP-led services are also beginning to schedule second doses of both vaccines. Whilst some patients who had their first vaccine early January have already received their second dose, patients are now informed their second dose will be given towards the end of the recommended 12 week timeframe which is in line with the national directive.
I am also pleased to confirm that Aldersley Leisure Village is the latest site to become a GP-led Vaccination Service for people in Wolverhampton. The site is operational from Monday 1 February, and will vaccinate people most at risk of complications from COVID-19. This site compliments the 24 GP led vaccination services already running locally, vaccination centres and a number of local pharmacies.
People who are eligible and have not been contacted by their GP will continue to receive letters from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how they can book their appointment.
People who receive a letter from the national booking service and can travel to the Vaccination Centre safely, are recommended to book using the details the letter provides, an example of the letter can be found here. More information on vaccination centres, can be found in the attached FAQs.
Those who are unable or don’t want to go to a Vaccination Centre, can choose to wait and get a vaccination at a local GP service when invited. There is no need to do anything if this is their preferred option, the NHS will contact people when it is their turn to book their vaccine, people should not contact the NHS to get an appointment.
Chief Nursing Officer
Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs and STP