Worcester and Herefordshire is currently leading the national vaccination effort, ranked alongside only Gloucestershire when it comes to the proportion of the population who have received their first dose of a vaccine and there have been more vaccinations administered in the Midlands than any other region in England.
Local MP Robin Walker has used a visit to a vaccine clinic in Worcester to thank staff for their enormous efforts. He met staff and volunteers at the St John’s Medical centre where two streams of people were passing through to receive vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca respectively. He saw how medical practitioners administered the vaccines safely and efficiently whilst volunteers helped people to park and get to the right place and administrative staff nearby filled in the relevant data.
Already in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, over 78,940 vaccinations have been administered, as part of plans to vaccinate the top 4 priority groups by mid-February. 12.5% of residents in the area have now received their vaccine. In the Midlands, 1,044,018 people have received one, with 1,111,192 doses administered in total across the area. In Worcester alone, the PCN team have achieved a remarkable 10,000 vaccinations.
The United Kingdom is leading the way in Europe with its vaccination programme. So far, more than 5 million vaccinations have been administered to 4.6 million people – the fourth highest per capita, behind only Bahrain, the UAE and Israel. In addition, only two countries have administered more doses than the United Kingdom – China and the USA.
The Government’s Vaccines Delivery Plan sets out how it aims to administer 2 million more doses of vaccines by the end of January, as well as offering vaccines to every elderly are home resident by the end of the month. So far, more than half of those over 80s and care home residents have received a vaccine nationally but these figures are much higher in Worcestershire.
On top of this, the Government is opening up new vaccination sites every day as part of our Vaccine Delivery Plan to ensure everyone is within 10 miles of a vaccination centre. 65 pharmacy sites are joining the programme this week and early next week with more to come.
Worcester can look forward to the opening of a mass vaccination centre at St Peter’s Baptist Church in February but from what Robin saw today, the streaming of people receiving their vaccines is already working incredibly well.