North Lincolnshire vaccine programme wins national praise

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North Lincolnshire vaccine programme wins national praise

North Lincolnshire’s vaccine programme has won national praise, the council announced, with the UK Health Security Agency calling it ‘outstanding’.

The national praise was focused on their vaccine rollout which saw the more vulnerable and those at risk receiving the protection and support they needed during the Covid pandemic.

Local NHS organisation designed a vaccine programme which got the first, second and third doses of the Covid vaccines straight to vulnerable patients who could not easily visit their GPs or vaccination centres.

Almost 4,000 homeless people, shift workers and individuals with English as a second language received their vaccines thanks to the vaccine programme.

A total of over 360,000 jabs have been administered in North Lincolnshire due to the great efforts that North Lincolnshire Council, North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) went to.

Speaking on the vaccine programme, Vicky Page-Chestney, Clinical Supervisor for the Covid Vaccination Outreach Team and Lead Safety Trainer at NLaG, told the council: “It’s important we make it as easy as possible for people to get the vaccine.

“We’ve received a great response from members of the public who’ve been able to have the vaccine at their residence, workplace, or on their doorstep.

“They have been truly grateful to be offered the extra support in getting protected.

“The vaccines, first, second and booster doses, continue to be available and we’re working hard to protect as many people as possible.”

Dr Satpal Shekhawat, Medical Director at NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “More than 368,000 doses have been administered across North Lincolnshire since the vaccine rollout began almost 15 months ago – this is a fantastic achievement by everyone involved.”

Speaking on the vaccine programme, they added: “We recognise that for some people, accessing vaccination venues is not as simple as it is for others.

“This can be because of a host of reasons such as immobility, mental health conditions, language barriers and shift patterns among a few.

“We have worked hard to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to receive the vaccination if they want it and we will continue to do this.

“As a local GP, and with winter pressures still extremely high across the NHS, I would still encourage people to come forward for their jab, whether that is a first dose, second dose, or the booster.

“The vaccine is saving lives every day.”

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