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Tribute paid to NHS staff and volunteers as COVID vaccination target hit in Vale of York

The dedication and hard work of staff and volunteers has helped NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group meet the COVID-19 vaccination target to offer the vaccine to everyone in the top four priority groups.

The latest figures published by NHS England covering the period up to 7th February 2021 show that in the Humber, Coast and Vale (HCV) region, 94.5% of over-80s, 98.3% of over-75s and 72.4% of over-70s in the region received the first dose of the vaccine. Everyone in the initial cohorts for whom the NHS has contact details has been offered a vaccination.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation identified the first four cohorts as follows:

In just two months, the local NHS has opened five hospital hubs, 32 GP-led sites and two vaccination centres in Humber, Coast and Vale. In a collective effort, vaccinating services led by local doctors and nurses, hospital hubs and large vaccinating centres have delivered 372,140 doses in our region to people from priority cohorts 1-4.

In a video address today, Dr Nigel Wells, NHS Vale of York CCG’s Clinical Chair and a Selby GP, described the milestone as a “huge and great step forward” in our area for the biggest vaccination programme the NHS has ever undertaken. He said the vast majority of people aged 70 and over or on the Shielded Patients List have now had their first dose, and everyone who hasn’t – and for who we have contact details – has been offered it. 

“Thank you to everyone who’s been involved in the successful rollout of the vaccination programme so far. To you all in the mass vaccination sites, in smaller community sites, and all the volunteers, health and care professionals that have helped roll this out – thank you so, so much for making it such a success,” Dr Wells added.

“This is just the start of the vaccination programme and not the end, and we will continue to roll it out as we need to do over the next few weeks and months.”

He highlighted the need to continue to follow lockdown restrictions, with high numbers of COVID patients in hospital and the emergence of a new variant of the virus.

“Please remember to take care and keep safe because we need to continue to drive down the transmission rates of the virus so that we can get back to some type of normality some time soon.”

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