The NHS will contact people in the priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine. People are being called forward who meet the criteria based on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s recommendations.
Vaccination started in the county on 8th December at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Hub who are vaccinating those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and frontline healthcare staff at risk, identified as priority groups for the life-saving vaccine.
However, since then other local vaccination centres within the community have started to be launched across the county with further centres and local vaccination services expected in the coming weeks. Care home residents are also now receiving the vaccine in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin with the ambition that all older person care home residents and staff will have had the vaccination by the end January. GP practices will contact care homes directly to plan the rollout as soon as they are ready.
Following extensive trials, two safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 are now available. The vaccine will be offered to more people and at other locations as soon as possible. These will include local vaccine services provided by GPs and pharmacists, in people’s homes for those who are housebound and new dedicated vaccination centres to make sure that everyone who needs a vaccine is able to get one.
People are also being urged to ‘be part of history’ by applying for roles in the county’s Covid Vaccination Service. This will ensure we have a dedicated workforce to staff the hubs, vaccination centres and services across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. There are opportunities for current and retired healthcare professionals, but also for non-clinical staff in a range of administrative, reception and other front-of-house roles. Anyone interested can find further information on how to apply by visiting www.rjah.nhs.uk/vaccine.
For more information about the Covid-19 vaccine please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/
7 January 2021
The coronavirus vaccination programme took another step forward in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin today with the opening of the county’s second hospital hub at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital.
The new hospital hub follows on from the first hub at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, which opened last month, as well as other local vaccination centres at community sites in Bridgnorth and Telford.
It is being run in partnership with the North Shropshire Primary Care Network (a group of GP practices), and will initially be offering the vaccine to people aged 80 and over, as well as to health and social care staff.