Major milestone as Phase One of local vaccination programme is completed

Local medical teams have completed Phase One of their vaccination programme, which will mean those in the top nine priority groups are fully vaccinated.

To date CHAW practices (comprising GP surgeries in Chelford, Handforth, Alderley Edge and Wilmslow) have administered 26,958 vaccines.

These can be broken down to 11,811 Pfizer vaccinations and 15,147 of the Astra Zeneca vaccines.

As phase 1 is complete, the local medical team do not expect to receive any further deliveries in the coming months but may be called upon to deliver further vaccinations later this year in accordance with as yet unconfirmed government plans.

Dr Amar Ahmed, Partner at Wilmslow Health Centre, said "CHAW PCN agreed to work together to deliver Phase 1 of the vaccination programme back in December last year and on completing the administration of second doses, this important phase of the country's journey to normality is finally complete.

"We would like to thank all those who have made this happen. Our staff, clinical and non-clinical, have been amazing. They have persevered through unrelenting demand, working weekends, bank holidays, late nights and through their annual leave, during what has been one of the most difficult years ever seen in General Practice.

"The army of volunteers, organised by James Bunker, Julie Potts and the wonderful Rev Kirsty Thorpe, have played an indispensable role and have put up with many unexpected challenges unswervingly, not least the Great British weather! We have also been blessed to have had the support of many local celebrities who have provided much public support and encouragement to ensure our community gets protected by Covid Jabs as quickly as possible.

"We have been touched by an outbreak of kindness and community spirit which we hope will stay with us well beyond the end of the pandemic. The pandemic has brought the community together as never before and the spirit of cooperation and good-will has been heartening to observe."

Dr Amar Ahmed added "Of course, the battle is not over. There have been local outbreaks of the delta variant very recently and it's essential that we all continue to take precautions to minimise and contain the spread as much as possible.

"Local Mass Vaccination centres such as the one located at Alderley Park are continuing the campaign to administer jabs as part of Phase 2. We would urge everyone who remains unvaccinated to contact 119 or visit the Alderley Park online booking system to book their jab as soon as possible. Currently, they are accepting bookings from anyone 22-years-of-age or older and we expect this age to gradually drop over the next couple of weeks."



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Roy West
Sunday 13th June 2021 at 2:59 pm
Well done to everyone involved, medics and volunteers have all worked together to carry out this essential task that will help to get control of this dreadful pandemic.