The latest communication today from NHS England will permit us to bring the Oxford vaccine out to GP practices, especially to help reduce travel for patients who are currently being invited in small numbers to Barnstaple leisure centre. All our staff are now vaccinated.
Once we have used our initial allocation in North Devon to vaccinate top priority Care Home residents and staff, we would therefore hope to be able to begin to vaccinate from Hartland Surgery before the end of January (lots of fingers crossed!)
Our current plan is to start a regular Thursday vaccination day, with as much vaccine as we are allowed! Our first group will be the over 80’s. We have nearly 200 of you!! (see our numbers below).
Please stay safe for just a few more weeks. We will contact you by SMS or email if possible, especially as the age groups get younger.
Here is a reminder of our priority lists from the government website. In brackets are our approximate numbers in each group.
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers (0)
- all those 80 years of age and over (188) and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over (154)
- all those 70 years of age (248) and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (56)
- all those 65 years of age and over (229)
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality (273)
- all those 60 years of age and over (152)
- all those 55 years of age and over (202)
- all those 50 years of age and over (143)
Therefore if we could get 200 vaccines supplied a week, we could get first doses to all these important groups within around 8 weeks or 400 doses per week then 4 weeks.
And you will all require a second jab 8-12 weeks later. We are going to be busy, but this is fantastic news!