Update on the Middlewood Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

We would like to thank you all for taking the time at our clinics, on facebook pages and via email to share your very positive feedback about how we are running our COVID vaccination clinics.  This feedback really matters to our staff who are working incredibly hard to make the processes, from booking through to vaccination, as safe and efficient as possible.  Thank you also for all your kindness in bringing in sweets and biscuits for our staff, very much appreciated.  We now have volunteers supporting us both in the car parks and inside the Civic Centre helping with marshalling – we are so grateful for their help.  Thank you.

We want to keep you informed of progress and share with you what we know about the next phase.  To date we have given 4102 people their first vaccination and anticipate by the end of this week we will be close to having given 5000 first vaccinations to our local population.  We have completed the first vaccinations of all our care home residents and will be continuing this week to undertake first vaccinations of all our housebound patients.  Inevitably this takes more time as we have to visit each individual, however we are making fantastic progress with this.  We are very proud of having been able to do this in such a short period of time and have only been able to achieve this with everyone’s help and support.

Vaccine update:  We  have received enough vaccine to run a further first vaccination clinic at the Civic Centre on Tuesday this week and have contacted most people already for appointments for that clinic.  At present we have not been informed when we will be receiving more vaccine so we cannot confirm any further dates for clinics. As soon as we are made aware of the next dates for vaccine delivery we will be in touch with new clinic dates. Please bear with us – this is not in our control and we understand how frustrating this will be for all our patients.  We are VERY keen to run more clinics as soon as we have more vaccine.

2nd vaccinations: I am sure many of you will have heard in the press the debate around when your next vaccination will be.  We have not been advised of any change to the second vaccination time frame and still expect this to be between 10-12 weeks from the date of your first vaccination.  Please do not contact us regarding this as we have no new information.

Contacting our practices: We are experiencing a significant number of calls to our practice bases about COVID vaccinations and I know many of you have felt frustration at not being able to get through on the telephone this week.  Please do try everything possible to avoid phoning us regarding COVID vaccination.

Please remember to continue to social distance and take the usual protective measures after your first vaccination as per the government guidelines.

As always thank you for your patience.  Once again can we ask you to bear with us during this extremely busy time and wherever possible and appropriate remember to use self-care and your local pharmacy team to deal with any minor illness.

The Middlewood Partners