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Elderly care home residents receive first COVID-19 jab

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.”

Dr Khalid Naeem, Chair of North Kirklees CCG said: “GP practices have been working in the evenings and at weekends to deliver vaccinations to care homes.  I want to thank the primary care, CCG and local authority staff involved for the enormous effort they have made to get the vaccine out in such a short period of time.”

Paul Rowson, Manager of Ashworth Grange Care Home in Dewsbury said: “The past year has been a real challenge for everyone but we have always had faith that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and the availability of a vaccine has been our continued hope that we will return to normal.

“Dr Indira Kasibhatla and her team who came to complete the vaccinations were brilliant and the process was fast and efficient.  We are just so relieved to know that our residents will be protected from this virus, as that has been the most important thing to us throughout.”

Seven people. Centre of image includes elderly lady in wheelchair, one lady sat next to her and one lady crouched next to her reaching out to her wheelchair. Four people stand around them. They are all wearing face coverings, except the lady in the wheelchair.

Ashworth Grange Care Home resident Ann Thompson (seated right) was amongst those to receive a first COVID-19 vaccination from her local primary care network. Ann is pictured with Dr Indira Kasibhatla of Albion Mount Medical Practice (front right) and care home manager Paul Rowson (standing second from left). Others pictured are Tracy Hiscoe, Deputy Manager; Sharon Troy, Care Manager.

 

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.”

People living within 45 minutes of a large-scale centre may receive an invitation to attend for a vaccination. They will have the option to travel to one of these centres or wait for an appointment closer to home. Centres are currently open in Manchester and York with others including Leeds, Wakefield and Bradford planning to open soon.

Vaccines are being offered to those most at risk from the virus first, with more appointments being made available as supply increases.   Kirklees residents should not contact their GP practice or NHS about the vaccination. Instead they should wait until they are invited.

For more information about the vaccination roll out in Kirklees visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

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COVID-19 vaccinations to get underway in community pharmacies

Life-saving COVID-19 vaccinations will be delivered from three community pharmacies in Kirklees next week as the roll-out of the vaccine continues.

The pharmacies providing the vaccinations are: Boots in Huddersfield town centre; Honley Pharmacy (Medicare Chemists); and Knights Oakwood Pharmacy in Birstall.

Those who are eligible are being invited to arrange an appointment through the national booking service.  Only people who have been invited to book an appointment will be able to get their vaccination at a local pharmacy.

Steve Brennan, lead for the Kirklees vaccination programme said, “The NHS vaccination programme is progressing really well across Kirklees and we’re working hard to vaccinate people quickly as supplies become available.

“Pharmacists are hugely experienced in vaccinating patients and we’re obviously delighted that we now have pharmacies supporting the vaccine roll-out in our area.  This will help us deliver first vaccinations to people who are at the greatest risk from COVID-19 as quickly as possible.”

Pharmacists have excellent clinical skills and deliver the flu vaccine each winter.  The pharmacy sites are safe with plenty of space to manage patients appropriately.

Vaccinations are also available at local centres provided by groups of GP practices and at a number of large-scale vaccination centres.  Kirklees is set to get its own large-scale centre when the John Smith’s stadium opens.

People do not have to go to a large-scale centre or pharmacy for their vaccination.  They can choose to wait to be contacted by their GP practice for an appointment if they prefer.

Please don’t contact your GP, pharmacy or NHS for a vaccination.   The NHS will be in touch when it’s your turn.

For more information about the vaccination roll out in Kirklees visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Statement on vaccinations in Kirklees during the snowy weather

Vaccination centres that were due to deliver vaccines today, Thursday 14 January 2021, are operating and delivering vaccines to patients who have an appointment.

As heavy snow continues to fall across our region we are advising those people who have booked a COVID-19 vaccination today only to travel if they feel safe and confident in doing so. 

The majority of those booked for vaccinations will be over the age of 80 and their safety is very important to us. If people do not wish to travel or are unable to get to their appointment due to the weather, they are advised to cancel and rearrange for another time.

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Kirklees residents warned to be vigilant as fake NHS text messages circulate

We understand that cruel scammers are trying to take advantage of people’s fears about the pandemic and so we are asking local people to be extra vigilant.

A fake NHS text message has been circulating around Kirklees, telling people they are eligible to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The message includes a link through to a fake NHS website which asks for your personal details, along with your credit or debit card details.

This is a scam and you should delete the message. The NHS will never ask for payment for the vaccine, or for your bank details.

You do not need to apply to receive the coronavirus vaccine. When it is your turn, the NHS will ask you to attend an appointment. This could be at a nearby GP practice, a community pharmacy or at a community vaccination site.

We will contact you either by phone call, letter or a text message.

Genuine messages from the NHS are usually sent from ‘NHSNoReply’. If you get a suspicious text message about vaccinations from an unknown number, please delete it and report it to Action Fraud using this link: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report-phishing.

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More people in Kirklees to be offered COVID-19 vaccine

More care home residents and vulnerable people in Kirklees will be offered protection against Covid-19, as the new Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine starts to be rolled out to GP-centres.

Local GPs are working together to provide vaccinations to as many care home residents and patients aged 80 and above as possible. In Kirklees, all 9 primary care networks are now providing vaccinations.

The Oxford vaccine does not need to be stored at ultra-low temperatures and is much easier to move so is easier to use in care homes and will mean GPs will soon be able to start vaccinating housebound patients.

The local NHS is working to expand the rollout as quickly as supplies become available. In the coming weeks, the first community pharmacies will be starting to offer vaccinations and four large vaccination centres are being set up across West Yorkshire, including the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield.

 All services will continue to be appointment only and people will be invited for vaccinations.

 Vaccinations are being offered to those at greatest risk from Covid-19 first, in line with the recommendations from the Joint Committee for Vaccinations & Immunisations (JCVI).

At the moment, GPs are offering vaccinations to people aged 80 and over and care home residents and will then move to other age groups in descending order.

Practices are busy contacting eligible patients to make appointments for their first vaccination as supplies are made available to them but it is likely take several weeks to cover everyone in these first groups.

Steve Brennan, lead for the Kirklees vaccination programme  said: “It is great news that we will be able to protect more vulnerable people. We are working with partners in Kirklees to make sure people can get their first vaccination as quickly and easily as possible and are ready to expand the rollout as fast as supplies become available.

“GPs, nurses, pharmacists and countless other staff, partners and volunteers are working around the clock to provide vaccinations. We know people are eager get protected and may be concerned if they are in one of the priority cohorts and have not been contacted yet. However, we would like to reassure them that they will be contacted over the next few weeks.

“Services are extremely busy at the moment and we would ask people to help the NHS at this very difficult time by not contacting their local GP or other NHS services about getting a vaccination. People will not be able to book an appointment until they have been invited to do so, so please be patient and we will contact you as soon as it is your turn.”

 

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Notes to editors

  • A list of all primary care networks is available on the NHS England website
  • The four vaccination centres in West Yorkshire are: Jacob’s Well, Bradford; The John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield; Spectrum Community Healthcare CIC, Navigation Walk, Wakefield; and Elland Road Stadium, Leeds.
  • The JCVI recommendations are available at www.gov.uk
  • NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG is made up of 37 GP practices and serves a population of approximately 243,000 registered patients across Huddersfield and the Valleys area.
  • NHS North Kirklees CCG is made up of 27 GP practices and serves a population of approximately 191,600 registered patients across an area including Dewsbury, Batley, Mirfield and Cleckheaton.
  • Clinical commissioning groups are led by local doctors (GPs) and health professionals who come together to design, plan and buy (commission) health services.

 

For further information please contact nkccg.nkghcomms@nhs.net

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COVID-19 Vaccine – Frequently Asked Questions

How is the COVID-19 vaccination being delivered in Kirklees?

The NHS has well-established routes for delivering vaccinations.  Our planning for the COVID-19 vaccination programme has built on these.  The NHS will be delivering the vaccine in three main ways:

  1. Hospital hubs

In Kirklees, we have a vaccination hub at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

  1. Local vaccination services

There are GP-led services in:

  • Batley
  • Dewsbury town centre
  • Holme Valley
  • Huddersfield town centre
  • Kirkburton

There are pharmacy-led services in:

  • Birstall
  • Honley
  • Huddersfield town centre
  1. Large-scale vaccination centres

The John Smith’s Stadium is set to open soon. There will also be centres in Wakefield, Bradford  and Leeds.

GPs are providing vaccinations to those who cannot attend a centre such as care home residents and housebound patients, in line with national guidance on priority groups.

What is happening with vaccine supplies

Following recent media coverage in relation to vaccine supplies, are still expecting to receive sufficient vaccine for all care home residents, frontline health and care staff and people aged 70 and over by mid-February.  Areas are receiving supplies at different times so please be patient.  If you are in one of these groups and have not been contacted yet, we will be in touch as soon as possible over the next few weeks.

How will patients be invited for a vaccination?

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is decided nationally and based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

As more supplies of vaccine become available we will be able to offer a greater number of vaccinations.

When it’s the right time, people will receive an invitation to come forward. You will be invited to have the vaccination by letter, text or phone call from your GP practice or NHS.

We know people are eager to get protected but please do not contact your GP practice or NHS, we will contact you.

Before you can be offered the vaccine, you will  need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one. You do not need an NHS number to do this, by registering one will be generated for you if you do not already have one.

Why have I been invited to a vaccination centre outside Kirklees? 

If you are aged 75 or over, and have not yet had a vaccination, you may get a letter from the NHS national booking system inviting you to make an appointment at a large scale-centre or community pharmacy.

These are being sent to people who live within 45 minutes of one of the centres, which might be in a different area to where you would normally receive your healthcare.

Please note that you do not have to book an appointment at one of these centres if it is not convenient for you to get there. You can:

  • choose to wait for an invitation from your GP practice

OR

  • choose to wait until one of the West Yorkshire centres open and are added to the national booking system, which will happen over the next few weeks.

Please do not contact your local practice about an appointment until you receive an invitation from them. They will not be able to advise you on when you will get an appointment or which centres are available. All this information is available on the national booking system website.

My neighbour has had the vaccine but I have not been contacted

GP practices are working through their patient lists and offering appointments as soon as vaccine is available, in line with national guidance on priority groups.

We know people are eager to get protected but GP practices are very busy so please do not contact them about the vaccine.   You will receive an invitation to come forward when it is your turn.

 My neighbour has had the vaccine but I have not been contacted

GP practices are working through their patient lists and offering appointments as soon as vaccine is available, in accordance with national guidance on priority groups.

We know people are eager to get protected but GP practices are very busy so please do not contact them about the vaccine.   You will receive an invitation to come forward when it is your turn.

Why do I have to wait for my vaccination?

The national COVID-19 vaccination programme is still at an early stage.

NHS is offering vaccinations to those at greatest risk from COVID-19 first, in line with recommendations from the Joint Committee for Vaccinations & Immunisations (JCVI).

The first groups being offered vaccinations are care home residents and workers, frontline health and social care staff and people aged 80 and over.

As more vaccine becomes available, we will be able to offer appointments to a wider group of people.  For more information , please refer to our publication ‘COVID-19 Vaccination: Why do I have to wait’ available  here

I work for the NHS / in social care, when will I receive the vaccination?

Vaccination of patient-facing health and social care workers will be co-ordinated through your employer.   You will receive an invitation to attend for your vaccine as soon as possible and in line with national guidance on priority groups.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.  It’s being given to:

  • people aged 80 and over
  • some people aged 75 and over
  • some people who are clinically extremely vulnerable
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers

You will also need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.

The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Read the latest JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK

Read the latest JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?  

The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.

Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.

So far, thousands of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.

To find out more about the vaccines approved in the UK, see:

 

COVID-19 vaccine ingredients

The approved COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any animal products or egg.

Can people pick what vaccine they want? 

No. Any vaccines that the NHS will provide will have been approved because they pass the MHRA’s tests on safety and efficacy, so people should be assured that whatever vaccine they get, it is worth their while.

Can I have the vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

There’s no evidence the COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. But more evidence is needed before you can be routinely offered the vaccine.

The JCVI has updated its advice to recommend you may be able to have the vaccine if you’re:

  • pregnant and at high risk of serious complications of coronavirus
  • if you’re breastfeeding

Speak to a healthcare professional before you have the vaccination. They will discuss the benefits and risks of the COVID-19 vaccine with you.

You do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.

Read the latest COVID-19 vaccine advice if you’re pregnant, may get pregnant or are breastfeeding on GOV.UK

Should people who have had COVID-19 be vaccinated?

Yes, they should get vaccinated.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine protect me from flu?

No, the COVID-19 vaccine will not protect you against the flu.

How is the COVID-19 vaccine given?

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm.

It’s given as 2 doses.

The latest evidence suggests the 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine provides protection for most people for up to 3 months.

As a result of this evidence, when you can have the 2nd dose has changed. This is also to make sure as many people can have the vaccine as possible.

The 2nd dose was previously 21 days after having the 1st dose, but has now changed to 12 weeks after.

Why are second doses being postponed?

The UK Chief Medical Officers have agreed a longer timeframe between first and second doses so that more people can get their first dose quickly, and because the evidence shows that one dose still offers a high level of protection. This decision will allow us to get the maximum benefit for the most people in the shortest possible time and will help save lives. Getting both doses remains important so we would urge people to return for their second vaccination at the right time.

Are there any people who shouldn’t have the vaccine?

People with history of a severe allergy to the ingredients of the vaccines should not be vaccinated. The MHRA has updated its guidance to say that pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding can have the vaccine but should discuss it with a clinician to ensure that the benefits outweigh any potential risks. Similarly, advice for women planning a pregnancy has also been updated and there is no need for women to delay pregnancy after having the vaccination.

I’m currently ill with COVID-19, can I get the vaccine?

People currently unwell and experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine until they have recovered. The guidance says this should be at least four weeks after the start of symptoms or from the date of a positive Covid-19 test.

I have been told to pay for a vaccine 

The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.

The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.

At the moment we are also not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.

Can I get a vaccine privately?

No. Vaccinations will only be available through the NHS for the moment. Anyone who claims to be able to provide you with a vaccine for a fee is likely to be committing a crime and should be reported to the Police online or by calling 112.

Will the vaccines work with the new strain?

There is no evidence currently that the new strain will be resistant to the vaccines we have, so we are continuing to vaccinate people as normal. Scientists are looking now in detail at the characteristics of the virus in relation to the vaccines. Viruses, such as the winter flu virus, often branch into different strains but these small variations rarely render vaccines ineffective.

Do the vaccines include any parts from foetal or animal origin?

There is no material of foetal or animal origin in either vaccine currently in use in Kirklees. All ingredients are published in the healthcare information on the MHRA’s website.

For the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-pfizer-biontechvaccine-for-covid-19

For the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-covid-19-vaccineastrazeneca

The British Islamic Medical Association has produced a helpful guide for the Muslim community which can be found at https://britishima.org/pfizer-biontech-covid19-vaccine/

Can the vaccine alter your genetic material?

There is no evidence to suggest that individual genetic material will undergo an alteration after receiving the vaccine.

The British Islamic Medical Association (IBMA) position statement on the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

After consulting Muslim health care professionals, Islamic scholars and Muslim umbrella bodies from across the UK, the IBMA has issued a position statement on the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine stating that they recommend the vaccine to ‘all eligible at-risk individuals in Muslim communities’.

Read about the Council For Mosques Position on COVID-19 Vaccines

Where can I find more information?

The most up to date information on the COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the NHS website.

The BBC has produced some information about coronavirus vaccines in five South Asian languages.

 

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Updated statement: COVID-19 vaccination appointments in North Kirklees

The COVID-19 vaccine has started to be offered to people aged 80 and over in Kirklees by groups of GP practices working together from dedicated vaccination centres. As in the rest of the country, this is being done in a phased way.

We had originally planned to offer vaccinations from drive-through centres in Liversedge and Dewsbury. Unfortunately, changes in national guidance meant that we were no longer able to use this approach and had to postpone some appointments that had been made for patients in these areas.

Our 27 North Kirklees GP practices have been working together with the CCG to put in place alternative arrangements.  Some of the affected patients have now received their vaccination and the remainder will be contacted by their GP practice to confirm the new arrangements as soon as possible.

Vaccinations will be delivered at the existing centre in Batley and at a newly approved site in Dewsbury town centre (Wellington Road).  Patients should advise their GP practice if they require additional support in accessing either of these centres.

The drive-through centre planned for Liversedge will not be used for this current vaccination phase.

We understand that the delay in re-scheduling appointments has been disappointing for patients and are pleased that we have now resolved the matter.

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Blog: Urgent Community Response in Kirklees

At the start of this year Kirklees was selected as one of seven national accelerator areas for Urgent Community Response. A service aimed at providing support to our frail and elderly population quickly.

In this blog, Becca Spavin, Programme Lead has provides an update on the work so far.

As part of the NHS’ Long Term Plan to support England’s ageing population and those with complex needs, local health service and council teams have been asked to provide Urgent Community Response (UCR) for their frail population by 2024.

These Urgent Response teams will give those who need it fast access to a range of qualified professionals who can address both their health and social care needs and deliver:

  • A crisis response within 2 hours and;
  • Reablement care within 2 days.

A key part of the National Ageing Well Programme is the establishment of seven urgent community response accelerator pilot sites to support delivery against these 0-2 hour and 2 day response targets.  Kirklees was selected as one of seven the national accelerator areas for Urgent Community Response  – which is a fantastic honour and opportunity!

A Kirklees Provider Alliance has come together to collaboratively deliver the Urgent Community Response pilot locally.

The Alliance is made up of Third Sector leaders, Locala, Local Care Direct, Kirklees Council, Primary Care Network Clinical Directors, Curo and My Health Huddersfield GP Federations, Kirkwood Hospice, SWYPFT, Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees CCGs, YAS, 111, Mid York Hospital Trust and Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust.

The alliance has jointly developed, consulted upon and have now mobilised a new Urgent Community Response service in Kirklees. The aim of this service is to provide a 0-2 hour response for patients diagnosed as severely frail (and moderately frail from YAS and Care Homes) in order to prevent avoidable admissions and readmissions by managing the patient at home with appropriate ongoing community support.

An Urgent Community Response Hub will provide clinical triage and either refer onto a face to face appointment or signposting to another service. This hub is being hosted by Local Care Direct.

Following this triage, if the service criteria is met and the triage process indicates that an urgent response is needed, then Kirklees residents will be able to access a response from a team of skilled professionals (provided by Locala and the GP Federations – Curo and MyHealthHuddersfield) within two hours, to provide the care they need to remain independent and avoid an admission to hospital.

Alongside this 0-2 hour response, a two day standard will also apply for teams to put in place tailored packages of intermediate care, or reablement services, for individuals in their own homes, with the aim of restoring independence and confidence after a hospital stay.

The service launched on Monday 2 November 2020 and the number of referrals received from primary care and Care homes continues to grow. The service is not yet fully mobilised – and both capacity and demand is fluctuating. Being a pilot means we will have the opportunity to tweak, test and learn as we go along – but it’s been a fantastic experience so far to work collaboratively with so many providers towards a shared aim for Kirklees.

There is still plenty to do to develop the service further – for example working with 111 and Yorkshire Ambulance Service around referrals into UCR. That said, it is important to recognise the efforts already made and successes to date.

 

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Becca Spavin, Programme Lead

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First Kirklees patients receive COVID-19 vaccine today

The first patients in Kirklees are to receive a vaccine which protects against COVID-19 today.

Local people are receiving the vaccination at hubs organised by groups of GP practices working together.  The first hubs have opened in Huddersfield and Batley, with further sites planned as the immunisation programme continues across Kirklees.

The vaccine is initially being offered to people aged 80 and over, who are most at risk from coronavirus.  It will be offered to more people and at other locations as soon as possible.

The order in which people are offered the vaccine is based on advice from the national Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Local GPs are reminding people that the NHS will let you know when it’s your turn, so please don’t get in contact before then.

Dr Steve Ollerton, Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG said, “This is fantastic news. It’s wonderful to see so many patients receive their vaccine today. ”

Dr Khalid Naeem, Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG said, “Thank you to the staff at all our local practices who have worked together to get the hubs ready for our patients today and over the coming weeks.  It’s been hard work but definitely worth it.”

 Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said, “This is fantastic news for everyone in Kirklees. The moment we’ve been waiting for. It’s an emotional time. Finally, there’s light at the end of the tunnel after so many dark months. It’s a time for happiness but also a moment for reflection, to think about the people we’ve lost and the sacrifices so many in our community have made.

“The roll out of the vaccine will be an immense challenge for the NHS and the council will support them in every way we can. In the meantime, it’s more important than ever that we all play our part in protecting each other. We need to keep following all the public health advice to protect as many lives as possible. We’ve come so far and an end is in sight. Let’s keep going and keep supporting each other to stay safe.”

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into the upper arm. It’s given as 2 doses, at least 21 days apart.

The vaccine approved for use in the UK was developed by Pfizer/BioNTech.  It has met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

More details about the vaccine and how it is being delivered can be found on the nhs.uk website.

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Important information about the COVID-19 vaccine

The NHS has started to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.  The vaccine is currently being offered in a few hospital ‘hubs’ but it will be available more widely and at other locations soon.

We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but you will be invited for a vaccine when it’s your turn so you don’t need to contact your GP practice or the NHS.  The vaccine is being offered in line with guidance from the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations.

 

 

 

 

 

This will be the largest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS and you can really help us to deliver it to those that need it most by doing the following:

  • Don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine – we will contact you when it’s the right time.
  • When we do contact you, act immediately and make sure you attend your appointments.
  • Continue to follow all the guidelines – hand hygiene and social distancing in particular – to control the virus and save lives.

Please keep washing your hands regularly, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and maintain social distancing wherever possible to protect yourself and your family from the coronavirus.

For more information about the vaccine, please visit www.nhs.uk/CovidVaccine

 

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