Somerset COVID vaccination – next steps

Somerset CCG announced this morning that teams are preparing to begin vaccinating care home residents and staff. Vaccinations will start now in the period between Christmas and New Year.

At the same time two more GP-led community sites will begin vaccinating local people as well. The first groups will be people aged over 80 and health and care staff. The new centres to offer vaccinations in the community are not GP surgeries. however the service will be GP led. The centres are North Petherton Rugby Club near Bridgwater and the Mendip District Council offices in Shepton Mallet.

Please remember:

  • There is a strict order of priority for getting people vaccinated
  • Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, they will contact you;
  • When you are contacted, please attend your booked appointments. You will be given all the information that you need. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have at your vaccination appointment.
  • And please continue to follow all the guidance to control the spread of the virus and save lives

So to recap, the vaccination programme in Somerset has started the roll out as follows:

  • 7 December Yeovil hospital is one of 50 hospital hubs in the UK to start local vaccinations
  • 14 December, vaccinations began at four GP-led sites in community locations. The first four GP-led sites where patients received vaccinations were at Taunton Vale Healthcare, Taunton; The Mulberry Centre, Berrow; West Mendip Community Hospital, Glastonbury; and The Gateway Centre in Yeovil.
  • 20 December, vaccinations also began at three further GP-led sites. These were at Frome Medical Centre, Minehead Community Hospital and Henhayes Community Centre, Crewkerne.

At present only the Pfizer vaccination is licensed for use and has been delivered to the sites above. This comes with some significant logistical challenges. primarily these are connected with storage requirements and transport. These sites have worked through the complicated logistics required to deliver the vaccine safely. This involves ensuring clinical supplies, IT equipment, printed patient leaflets and bins are available. There are staff on hand to greet patients, explain the vaccine to them and take informed consent, draw up the vaccine, administer it and record it.

Please bear in mind that the Astra Zeneca vaccine is not yet approved for use. When it is the vaccination programme will accelerate significantly.

2 comments

  • Adrian James Carver

    Dear Leveller.
    The North Petherton Rugby Club is not in Bridgwater – its in North Petherton (or to be more precise half a mile to the south of North Petherton on the A38). Bridgwater has its own rugby club Bridgwater and Albion RFC in Bath Road Bridgwater. Very difficult for the over 80s to get to NP RFC from Bridgwater or from anywhere else.

    • Of course, we take your point. We know where the places are, we deliver copies to North Petherton every month. However the CCG used those precise words in their press release and we missed it. Apologies for that.
      The over 80’s will be called up when it is their turn by the NHS and informed where to go. That will not be their choice I’m afraid. However it is our understanding that if they need assistance to get to wherever they are asked to go, that will be discussed with them when they are called.
      As things stand, there is no facility in Bridgwater itself, for COVID vaccinations.

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