A local vaccination service has opened at Cripps Health Centre in Nottingham City.
The site which opened over the weekend will support the roll out of the national vaccination programme. Last week, three other sites in Ashfield, Gedling and Rushcliffe also opened across Nottinghamshire with more set to go live in the coming days and weeks.
Today, 80-year-old John McDonald from Wollaton and 93-year-old John Liebeschuetz from The Park received their Covid-19 vaccination at the site.
All NHS partners and local authorities across the healthcare system have been working together to prepare for the opening of the local vaccination service at Cripps Health Centre.
Recipients of the vaccine will be called forward in priority order as set out by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The NHS will send letters to eligible people in due course and vaccines will be by appointment only. First priority at Cripps Health Centre is for those aged 80 and over and frontline health and social care workers.
Health bosses have asked the public to wait until they have received a letter before contacting the NHS, their GP or local hospital hub – the letter will have full details of how to make an appointment. Do not call your GP or turn up at A&E or your doctor’s surgery – the only way to get an appointment and the jab is to follow the instructions in the letter. Once you have received a letter, please make your appointment as quickly as possible.
Dr Hugh Porter, a doctor at Cripps Health Centre, and Clinical Director and Interim Lead at Nottingham City Integrated Care Partnership said “The opening of the local vaccination service at Cripps Health Centre in the city is another step in the right direction to make sure those at most risk are offered vaccination as quickly as possible. This now marks the fourth service to go live across Nottinghamshire over the past week with more to come in the coming days and weeks which is a fantastic achievement.
“For now the public can help us by waiting to receive a letter from the NHS and by continuing to follow the guidance to help control the virus and save lives.”
Cllr David Mellen, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said “I’m pleased to see our older and more vulnerable citizens getting the protection they need. We now need to make sure as many people as possible get their vaccination.
“If you are over 80, or you know someone who is, look out for the letter that will arrive in the next few days and support them to book an appointment, details of how to do this are all in the letter.”
The public have an important part to play to help:
• please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you;
• when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments;
• and please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.