Frimley Health and Care ICS thank all staff and volunteers as it tops a million jabs, and plans for more Covid-19 top-ups
Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System is praising the monumental efforts of staff and volunteers as it marks the anniversary of the first Covid-19 vaccination and the start of the biggest immunisation programme in history.
Sarah Bellars Executive Director Quality and Nursing said “It has been a year since we started the Covid 19 vaccination program, and our hospital trust was one of the first in the country to begin vaccinating and protecting the most vulnerable in the community. Since then, we have delivered over 1 million doses of the covid-19 vaccine, and this winter our staff are vaccinating against flu as well.
“We have seen the impact of the programme in our hospital admissions rates, where we are seeing fewer Covid positive patients in ITU than before, and the majority of these patients are unvaccinated. This amazing achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of our workforce, partners and our amazing volunteers.
As we gear up and prepare for the biggest phase of the programme that lays ahead, I would like to thank everyone involved for supporting us to safely deliver the covid vaccine to our local residents, be that either in their own homes, at care homes, in schools, at pop-up sites in the community or at vaccination centres and a special thank you to our volunteers, as this would not be possible without you.”
“I would also like to thank our local residents, who when asked to come forward to get their vaccinations are hearing the call to action, and getting their jab when it’s their turn.
“The virus is still around and we must continue to be vigilant, please book your vaccination to protect yourselves and those around you.”
Across the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System we have delivered vaccinations to local residents through local vaccination services made up of sites led by general practice teams working together in Primary Care Networks (PCN). These sites are supported by a large-scale vaccination centre, hospital hub, and now local pharmacies. Children have been vaccinated in school settings by the School Immunization Teams. Together, everyone has played such a tremendous role in protecting the local community.
More than 16 million doses of the vital Covid-19 jab, including 1st, 2nd and booster and 3rd doses, have now been administered in the South East since this time last year – the second highest performing region in England.
Caroline Reid, Regional Director of Commissioning and Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for the Covid-19 Vaccination programme for NHS England, South East, said:
“I am truly humbled by the efforts of everyone who has contributed to the Covid-19 vaccination roll out in South East region.
“Thanks to everyone’s unfailing support, dedication, care, compassion and hard work - we have sprinted like Usain Bolt, run several marathons and delivered the largest vaccination programme in the NHS’s history.
“It is important, as we embark on another sprint to deliver booster jabs by the end of January 2022 that no one is left behind and every community and individual are offered the life-saving covid vaccinations.
She added:” As we reflect on the past twelve months, we of course remember those who have sadly lost their lives to Covid, their families and friends.”
People are urged to continue to support the vaccination programme, to take up the offer of having their first or second vaccinations if they have been invited but have not yet done so and, if eligible, book up for their booster jab.
Dr Vaughan Lewis, Regional Medical Director, said: “As we fast approach Christmas, a hugely important time for so many of us, we want everyone to be able to enjoy the festivities safely. One of the best ways to do this is by joining the millions already vaccinated across the South East.
“Whether you’re due your booster or second dose, or indeed you’re yet to have your first dose, additional vaccination capacity has been put in place so head down to a site that is convenient for you.
He added: “Having your vaccines will give you the maximum protection ahead of Christmas to protect you, your family and all those around you.”
Currently, if you are aged 40 and over, along with those in high risk groups, you can pre-book a COVID-19 booster online if it's been two months (61 days) after your second dose using the NHS national booking system, getting your top-up in protection three months (91 days) on from your second dose following updated JCVI guidance.
The NHS intends to offer every eligible adult an opportunity to book in for their booster jab by the end of January.
UKHSA and NHSE have worked in partnership to ensure that the necessary clinical guidance is in place to ensure a large number of people can deliver the next phase of the booster programme in vaccination centres up and down the country.
The National Booking Service (NBS) is currently being updated to reflect the three-month (91 days) interval from the second dose to booster vaccination.
Families of healthy 12 to 15 year olds who have not yet had a first dose of the vaccine are also encouraged to book through the National Booking Service online or via 119.
We have captured the journey so far in the videos below: