Covid-19 vaccinations arriving over coming weeks

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Deliveries of Covid-19 vaccinations are expected to arrive at a local health centre in the coming weeks.

GP practices from across Cheshire East have all signed up to deliver the Covid vaccination and groups of practices will be teaming up to deliver the vaccination programme from specific premises. For Chelford, Alderley Edge, Handforth and Wilmslow, the designated premises will be Wilmslow Health Centre.

Dr Amar Ahmed, Partner at Wilmslow Health Centre, told wilmslow.co.uk "GPs from across the patch have been working together to prepare to roll out the vaccine as soon as it's delivered, despite being under enormous pressure due to the pressures of winter and the limited service provided by some hospital departments. Our workload over summer, autumn and winter has been almost 40% more than this time last year and all staff have really pulled out the stops to get us through this pandemic."

"It's important that everyone who needs the vaccination gets it. The NHS is prioritising the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. When it is your turn to get the vaccine you will be contacted. This may be by phone or letter from your GP or national NHS booking service. When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccine, you will receive an invitation to come forward.

"Please do not contact the NHS to get an appointment until you are contacted."

Dr Amar Ahmed "Added It's also important for people to learn about the vaccine from reputable sources as there are a lot of urban myths circulating on social media scaring off people from having the vaccination. Wilmslow Health Centre has created an information page for just this purpose and we will update this with developments as often as we can."

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Roy West
Thursday 17th December 2020 at 9:24 am
Does anyone know if Wilmslow have received any vaccine yet.,
Nearby surgeries have been offering vaccine to 80 year olds for some days now but we have heard nothing about Wilmslow, surely it would be better if we were being informed as to the anticipated start date to avoid people bothering their respective surgeries.
Craig Browne
Thursday 17th December 2020 at 11:25 am
Hi Roy,

Thanks for your query; I understand that many people will rightly be anxious about receiving the vaccine at the current time. To clarify, roll-out is being managed by NHS England, but there are three main settings within which it will be delivered:

- Hospital hubs (including at the Countess of Chester Hospital); initially these will lead on vaccinating over 80s and people considered to be most ‘at risk’;

- Vaccination centres, including large scale centres such as sports and conference venues that can cater for high volumes of people; and

- Local vaccination services, which will be community or primary care-led and are likely to include primary care and other local facilities (e.g. health centres).

Residents will be contacted when it is their turn and are asked not to contact the NHS or GP surgery to seek the vaccine. The most up to date information, along with answers to frequently asked questions, can be found on the NHS website (http://www.nhs.uk).

Kind regards,
Craig
Tony Haluradivth
Thursday 17th December 2020 at 2:09 pm
Countess of Chester Hospital is in West Cheshire.....how does that affect us?
Steven Mccrory
Tuesday 22nd December 2020 at 8:57 pm
My 81 year old Auntie lives in Chelford..any ideas please?

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