Strong start for vaccination programme

January 26 2021

HUNDREDS of people in Kingswood have already had their first jabs during a fast rollout of the Covid vaccination programme.

Dr Neil Kerfoot, a GP at Kingswood Health Centre, is a member of the clinical team responsible for Covid vaccinations across the area

Seventy per cent of people aged over 80 in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire had been vaccinated by January 21, making the area one of the most successful in the country.

Several local centres are now vaccinating over-70s and the clinically extremely vulnerable as well as over-80s and frontline health and care workers.

GP practices have joined together in primary care networks to deliver the jabs.  They are working alongside the hospitals and the super vaccination centre at Ashton Gate in Bristol. Another super centre is due to open at Bath Racecourse and some local pharmacies are also about to start running vaccination clinics.

Kingswood Health Centre was the first in our district to start giving vaccinations, just before Christmas. It is working with Cadbury Heath Healthcare, Close Farm Surgery and Hanham Health in the 4PCN primary care network.

Dr Neil Kerfoot, a GP and a member of the clinical team responsible for the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Covid-19 vaccination programme,said: “I’d like to thank all of our staff who are working so hard - as well as the public for their patience and support.

“There's still much to be done, and we are working tirelessly to ensure the vaccine is rolled out effectively to everyone in the area who needs it.”

Old School Surgery and Fireclay Health have formed the Foss PCN and began vaccinations at Lodgeside Surgery on Jan 16. 

Dr Katrina Boutin, GP and clinical director of the Foss PCN, said: “We are absolutely delighted to now be giving the Covid-19 vaccine to our population.

“We have been booking appointments in line with the national prioritisation guidance, and we are asking everyone to be patient, and not to contact us or your local practice if we haven’t contacted you yet. We want to reassure people that if you haven't yet been contacted – please don't worry, we will be in touch very soon.”

Priority for vaccines has been decided by the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations.