Gedling Borough Council has helped open the one of the first NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Services at the Richard Herrod Centre in Carlton.
The site opened today (Wednesday 6 January) and will support the roll out of the national vaccination programme. In the coming weeks, other locations across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will also open for vaccinations.
Recipients of the vaccine will be called forward in priority order as set out by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The NHS will send letters to eligible people in due course and vaccines will be by appointment only. First priority at the site is for those over the age of 80 and frontline health and social care workers.
Health bosses have asked the public to wait until they have received a letter before contacting the NHS, their GP or local hospital hub – the letter will have full details of how to make an appointment. They are being advised not to call their GP or turn up at A&E or doctor’s surgery. The only way to get an appointment and the jab is to follow the instructions in the letter. Once they have received a letter, they are advised to book an appointment as soon as possible.
One of the first people to receive a vaccination at the new service was John Waplington from Arnold. John is over 80 and a former miner who worked on the nearby former Gedling Colliery. He has been shielding due to having respiratory issues caused from his time working in the pit. He will receive the vaccination along with hundreds of others as part of the roll out.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “This is a very important moment in the fight against covid and I am very pleased that Gedling is hosting one of the first vaccination services in Nottinghamshire. Our centre will play an important role in the largest immunisation programme in NHS history.
“With the announcement of further lockdowns, it is important that we do everything we can to get the vaccination rolled out to our most vulnerable residents. We will need your patience as the NHS prioritises the over 80s and our health and social workers. The NHS will contact you when it is time to have your vaccination so please do not contact the NHS, ring your GP or local hospital.
“If you have received a letter please make sure that you book a slot as soon as possible. If you know someone who has received a letter, a parent or grandparent for example, who may not be able to book on themselves, help them to do so and let’s get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible.
I’d encourage everyone who receives a letter inviting them to have the vaccine, to get it. This will protect them from COVID-19 and hopefully help us all return to a more normal way of life as quickly as possible.”
John Waplington, 82 and a local resident from Arnold who is shielding and was one of the first people in the borough to be vaccinated at the new service said:”I am very grateful to be vaccinated and hope that we can get back to normal as soon as possible.”
Dr Nicole Atkinson, GP and Clinical Lead for South Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership said:
“This is a hugely important day in the roll out of the Covid-19 programme locally across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and it’s fantastic to see that John has had his first vaccination today at the Richard Herrod site.
“A tremendous amount of work is going into the vaccination programme so I’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who has been involved.
“Our priority is to vaccinate those most at risk first so we’re asking the public to be patient and work with us. When it’s your turn to be vaccinated, you will receive a letter from the NHS so please wait for this. In the meantime, the public can help us in the fight against Covid-19 by continuing to follow the guidance to help control the spread of the virus and save lives.”