Local people most at risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19 are now getting the protection they need. In the past three weeks over 2,500 people – those living in care homes, local residents aged 80 and over, and the frontline health and care staff needed to look after them – have received the first dose of a COVID vaccine. The NHS Local Vaccination Service, based at Whitby Pavilion/Spa, is run by the Whitby Coast and Moors Primary Care Network made up of all five GP practices in our area, supported by Scarborough Borough and North Yorkshire County Councils. As soon as more vaccine supplies arrive in Whitby we stand ready to call in the next groups of at-risk patients to receive their first doses.
But we couldn’t have achieved this so far – or continue to roll out the service to many more people over the coming weeks as well as providing the necessary second doses 12 weeks later – without amazing support from a host of other people.
So a huge THANK YOU from us to everyone who has helped – those local doctors and nurses coming out of retirement to help so practices can continue to run safely at the same time; the volunteers who braved the elements to steward people from the car park to the centre; the wonderful team at the Pavilion who’ve made us so welcome; the local traffic wardens who helped keep the drop-off area flowing safely; the local businesses who provided delicious food for staff; the carers and family members who did everything they could to help people (some over 100 years old) to get to the centre for their vaccine; and last but by no means least – to the patients whose grit and determination to be there was matched by their kindness and uncomplaining patience. To all of you – thank you!
We hope you will continue to support the Local Vaccination Service. You can also help the NHS and save lives by simply observing the lockdown rules to reduce unnecessary social contacts – stay home as much as you can; wash your hands regularly, cover your face and keep 2m apart where possible from people you do not live with.