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A1 network Covid vaccinations programme January 2021
Posted on 26 Apr 2021
A personal thank you to absolutely everyone involved in the start of the A1 network Covid vaccinations programme January 2021
To everyone who has been involved in helping to deliver the first 10,000 vaccines to our most vulnerable residents and workers, across the A1 network, which includes Alconbury and Brampton surgeries, Almond Road, Buckden and Little Paxton, Kimbolton and Sawtry (Wellside) surgeries, a huge THANK YOU!
From the core team who have worked long days 7 days a week for the last 3 weeks, to all the practice staff, who have either been part of vaccine teams or supported them by doing the daily work of General Practice, to the many fabulous volunteers helping with every aspect of vaccine logistics (and often in the freezing cold), and the volunteers who are ready and waiting to help in the next run of clinics, to the locals who put up with the additional traffic, to the friends and neighbours who brought frail people to the vaccination hubs, and to the people being vaccinated, who are helping to defeat the virus just by being vaccinated-
This is just the start of a long process, and there will be a few more challenges yet, but we are learning how to make the process better at each clinic, and look forward to being able to plan clinics with known vaccine delivery dates (currently we are given less than a week’s notice of delivery), and letting those people who have yet to get their vaccine know when it will be available.
If you have not yet been vaccinated, or know someone locally who has not yet been vaccinated and are aged over 70 or are a health or social care worker, please let your local practice know. Everyone who has not yet been vaccinated (at any age) can also help the programme by making sure that your GP practice has correct contact details (ideally a mobile phone number), as you will be contacted by text to book your appointment via an automated system. The text comes from book.nhs.me and takes you to a survey link to book your appointment. This should help you to tell it is not a scam. If you do not have a mobile phone, someone will contact you on your landline to book your appointment.
Don’t forget- the vaccine will not yet provide full protection and you must still distance etc
Dr Francesca Lasman
Clinical director A1 primary care network