The NHS has confirmed four local COVID-19 vaccination centres in Hull and East Riding as part of the wider roll-out in Humber Coast and Vale area. Vaccinations will be delivered from these locations by groups of family doctors.
Following the launch of the COVID-19 vaccination programme on Tuesday, 7 December, the NHS is the first healthcare system in the world to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to those most at risk. The scale and the complexity of this vaccination programme make it one of the most significant challenges the NHS has ever faced.
A number of GP-led primary care networks will begin offering COVID-19 vaccine to the priority groups from the week commencing 14 December, with more practices in other parts of the region joining in on a phased basis during December and in the coming months.
Vaccination centres treating large numbers of patients in sporting venues and conference centres will subsequently stand up when further vaccine supplies become available.
The public has an important part to play in the success of the vaccination roll-out. The ask for now is that people don’t contact their GP to seek a vaccine. Eligible people will be contacted and asked to book an appointment when the vaccine is available to them.
Dr James Crick, Associate Medical Director, Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“Thanks to our local vaccination sites more vulnerable people identified as priority cohorts will be able to receive the vaccine. This is a hugely exciting moment and we are incredibly grateful for general practice being part of this important programme.
In the meantime, I urge everybody to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus and follow the local restrictions to protect the NHS services while we carry out this vital work.”
Dr Craig Dobson, East Riding of Yorkshire CCG Medial Advisor said,
“The vaccine has been shown to be effective and it is fantastic news that in our local area we can start to vaccinate our more vulnerable residents, who need it most. If you are in one of the priority groups, I would urge that when your GP Practice contacts you, please make sure you book and attend your appointments when you arrange them.”