You will know that the roll-out of the GP-led vaccination programme starts this week across the country, and some local residents over 80 are having their COVID vaccine over the next few days.
It is a phased programme with sites opening up across west Hertfordshire over the coming weeks. In Dacorum the plans are progressing well and the programme will be up and running and vaccinating local people during the first week of January.
All the GPs in Dacorum have come together and joined forces to deliver this programme together. This means that we can make the most of our workforce and deliver the programme most effectively for patients. We are also expanding our workforce and are pleased to have already had lots of interest from people wanting to become vaccinators to contribute to this programme as it develops in the coming months.
You will know that the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation has set out the priority groups to receive the COVID vaccine, and so it is the over 80s in your area who will be invited to have their jab at our centre in the coming weeks. Other priority groups will follow as more supplies are made available.
We are urging everyone who is called in for a COVID vaccination appointment to accept and to make sure they return for the second dose – around 21 days later.
We would also welcome your support in reassuring local residents and also in encouraging them to wait until they are contacted, rather than ring their surgery. As you can imagine, our colleagues working on this huge programme of work are keen to focus on this task, and also on the other ways that general practice is trying to look after patients during these busy winter months. Our practices will be sending out information to the patients as soon as the vaccination appointment schedules are finalised.
Finally we are reminding everyone to help us to slow the spread of this virus, by remembering the key measures we can all take: wear a face covering; keep socially distant from other people; and wash hands often and well.