GP staff have visited around 70 elderly care homes in Kirklees to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to those who want it.
Working together in groups, GP practices have provided the life-saving vaccine to residents and staff as part of the national roll-out, which is prioritising those most at risk from the virus.
Dr Steve Ollerton, Chair of Greater Huddersfield CCG said: “This is really fantastic news. We’ve been able to protect some of our most vulnerable residents and those who care for them from the virus.”
Jessica Hibbins, Manager of Aden Lodge Care Home in Huddersfield said: ‘It was quite a nerve-racking yet exciting experience to be involved. “Skelmanthorpe Family Doctors and Dearne Valley Health Centre were fantastic in communicating with us and administered the vaccine with great care and compassion. Our residents felt very safe and comfortable and are hoping this means they can hug their loved ones soon. This is a great step forward in the fight against COVID-19.” Residents and care home staff have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. This should give good protection from coronavirus. They will need to have a second dose in 12 weeks’ time, for longer lasting protection.The roll out of vaccines continues across Kirklees with three pharmacy centres and a large-scale site at the John Smith’s Stadium due to open. GP practices are also starting to deliver vaccinations to housebound patients in the highest risk groups.
Leader of Kirklees Council, Cllr Shabir Pandor, said: “It’s great news that some of our most vulnerable residents are getting a vaccination so quickly. My thanks and congratulations to everyone in the NHS and beyond for all their hard work in making this happen.
“Our council will do everything we can to support the vaccination programme to ensure everyone gets their jabs as quickly as possible.” Vaccines are being offered to those most at risk from the virus first, with more appointments being made available as supply increases. Residents are reminded not to contact their GP practice or the NHS about the vaccination and instead they should wait until they are invited.