More care home residents and vulnerable people in Wakefield will be offered protection against COVID-19, as the new Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine starts to be rolled out to GP-centres.
Local GPs are working together to provide vaccinations to as many care home residents and patients aged 80 and over as possible. In Wakefield four out of five primary care networks are now providing vaccinations from centres with the final one expected to start next week.
Spectrum Community Health CIC, at Navigation Walk
Jo Webster, Chief Officer of NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It is great news that we will be able to protect more vulnerable people. We are working with partners in Wakefield to make sure people can get their first vaccination as quickly and easily as possible and are ready to expand the rollout as fast as supplies become available.
“GPs, nurses, pharmacists and countless other staff, partners and volunteers are working around the clock to provide vaccinations. We know people are eager get protected and may be concerned if they are in one of the priority cohorts and have not been contacted yet. However, we would like to reassure them that they will be contacted over the next few weeks.
“Services are extremely busy at the moment and we would ask people to help the NHS at this very difficult time by not contacting their local GP or other NHS services about getting a vaccination. People will not be able to book an appointment until they have been invited to do so, so please be patient and we will contact you as soon as it is your turn.”