Over 1,100 immunised as local Covid-19 vaccination program launches

Over 1,100 patients were immunised on first day of Covid-19 vaccination program at Wilmslow Health Centre.

Covid vaccinations started on Saturday, 9th January, as the first delivery of vaccine was deployed to Wilmslow.
As the delivery site for CHAW Primary Care Network, Wilmslow Health Centre hosted medical teams from Chelford Surgery, Alderley Edge Medical Practice, Kenmore Medical Centre, Handforth Health Centre and Wilmslow Health Centre, to start to the area's covid vaccination programme.

Dr Amar Ahmed, Partner at Wilmslow Health Centre, said "In the coming weeks, we hope to roll this out to the entire eligible population, starting with those most at risk.

"Wilmslow Health Centre remains indebted to the army of volunteers organised by James Bunker and Rev Kirsty Thorpe who, just as during the 1st lockdown, selflessly rose to the the challenge of recruiting and organising volunteers who did an amazing job in challenging conditions. Thank you all."

The mayor of Cheshire East, 81-year-old Councillor Barry Burkhill, had his vaccine this weekend at Wilmslow Health Centre. Barry said: "It was a well-oiled machine of organisation with many nurses and doctors administering the injections in different sections of the health centre.

"It is so important for everyone who receives either a phone call or letter from the NHS inviting them to attend for their jab, to accept and gain the protection from this vicious virus. It not only protects you but also helps to eventually stop the spread to others. I would urge everyone to have their vaccine jab when it is offered. It only takes a few minutes and is almost painless."

Medical teams and volunteers are now planning for next week as their second delivery of the vaccine is scheuled to arrive on Tuesday.

The next Covid vaccination clinics will take place on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

A spokesperson for Alderley Edge Medical Centre said "Text invites were sent out yesterday (Sunday, 10th January) and will be followed up by a phone call for non responders. Still working through over 80s. We will contact you, please don't ring the surgery. Thanks for your patience."

Photos: Dr Hunsley personally accepts the vaccine. Dr Amar Ahmed. Dr Alex Garvey of Alderley Edge Medical Practice. Alderley Edge Medical Practice team and Sister Jane Gaskell supported by Pauline Webb.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Debbie Scott
Sunday 10th January 2021 at 11:02 am
Well done to all the GP’s, Nurses, practice Managers, volunteers and everyone who made the day a huge success! Was a Privilege to play a small part in such a massive task. You are all amazing. Thankyou.
Andy Brown
Sunday 10th January 2021 at 4:54 pm
Thank you and good luck to everyone playing their part.