Dorset Vaccine update
As the immense task of rolling out the Covid-19 vaccines to the UK population is underway, I would like to provide Dorset residents with an update of the situation here. Over 70% of the adult population of Dorset & BCP have received their first dose of the vaccine, with many people starting to receive their second dose.
If you are over 38, or at risk from coronavirus, you can now apply to get a vaccine. You can do this here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/ or you can call 119 and there is no charge. Using this service you will be able to choose from a couple of local vaccination sites, including the BIC, and you will be asked to book both appointments at the same time.
Many local surgeries are also inviting over 40s this week, and some are suggesting that you get in touch if you haven't heard from them. Do check your local surgery's website or facebook page for updates. There has been a significant increase in the delivery of vaccines, so please do make an appointment when it is your turn. They are also inviting people for their second doses.
Dorset is following the guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) which means those people who are most at risk will be invited first. See link here to the national advice.
This is the order of priority:
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- all those 65 years of age and over
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
Now that Phase 1 is completed the vaccination centres are starting to invite those in the next age groups. These will be:
- all those aged 40 to 49 years
- all those aged 30 to 39 years
- all those aged 18 to 29 years
The rollout started in care homes, with some Dorset residents being among the first in the country to get a vaccine. There were also vaccines at Dorchester hospital – with the first vaccines being administered there on 8th December.
In Dorset nearly all over 50s have already received their first vaccination, with many people now receiving their second dose.
There are now over 15 active vaccination sites across Dorset.
Wareham hospital are inviting people from across Purbeck for their vaccine.
The Poole hospital site for vaccinations is up and running, and patients of The Adam Practice which serves many local residents will be asked to go to Poole Port – with updates here https://www.adampractice.co.uk/news.aspx This will include residents from Lytchett Matravers, Lytchett Minster & Upton.
Residents in Broadstone, Merley, Corfe Mullen & Canford Heath will be getting the vaccine at The Hamworthy Club, and you can find more details here:
Canford Heath: https://www.chgp.co.uk/
The Quarterjack surgery, Walford Mill Medical Practice & The Old Dispensary are currently using the St Leonards hospital site for vaccinations. You can find more details here:
Residents may be asked to travel to Talbot Medical centre for their vaccine, and relevant groups are already being invited. More details here https://bearwoodmedicalpractice.co.uk/
More sites in addition to those above will be coming soon as part of the roll-out of local vaccination services.
Meanwhile, across the country, vaccination centres treating large numbers of patients in sporting venues and conference centres will subsequently stand up across the country when further supplies of vaccine become available. One of these will be at the BIC, and you may receive a letter inviting you for a vaccine if you are in one of the relevant groups.
If you are over 55, or clinically vulnerable, you can now apply to get a vaccine. You can do this here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/ or you can call 119 and there is no charge.
The NHS supported by our Armed Forces and the voluntary sector are working at pace to get the vaccine rolled out as soon as more doses are produced by the manufacturers and received by the NHS.
Please continue to practise Hands Face Space and follow the lockdown regulations - now the Covid-19 vaccines are being rolled out, it is more important than ever we all play our part in stopping the spread of this virus.