GP practices in Fenland and the surrounding areas will start to deliver Covid-19 vaccinations to local residents aged over 80 from next week, as the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history gains further momentum.
The groups of health providers are setting up a local vaccination centre at Doddington Hospital. They have worked rapidly to put in place safe processes to meet the tough logistical challenges of offering the vaccination.
Their teams have been working hard to contact local residents aged over 80 to book them in for an appointment to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
The NHS will contact people in the priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine.
Dr Simon Hambling, a GP at Fenland Group Practice said: "We are delighted to support the biggest and most highly anticipated national immunisation campaign in history by vaccinating and protecting our vulnerable local residents against Covid-19. We are working hard with other local GP practices, getting ready to deliver the vaccinations to those most at risk from Covid-19.
"Please do not call your GP practice to book, we will contact you. If you are invited to book an appointment, we would encourage you to take this opportunity up. When you attend your appointment, you will need to follow social distancing guidance, bring and wear a face masks or visor, and follow hand hygiene guidance. These steps help to save lives.
"We want to reassure patients that our GP practices will remain open and if you have any urgent medical concerns you should contact us."
Dr Gary Howsam, Chair at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG said: "GPs and their teams have been working incredibly hard this winter, especially over the Christmas and New Year period, to see and treat patients, and to get ready for delivering the COVID-19 vaccine to care homes. General Practice is very experienced in delivering vaccinations, and I would urge everyone who is offered the vaccine to have it to help protect them from COVID-19.
"Staff across the NHS are working to roll-out the vaccine as quickly as possible to patients who are most at risk of the virus, with hospital hubs already delivering the vaccine to people over the age of 80.
"The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. Patients will be contacted and invited for vaccination - it's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then."
GP sites providing jabs will be spread across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, more will join on a phased basis.
The latest phase of the vaccine roll-out is being co-ordinated by GP-led Primary Care Networks (PCNs) with more practices and community pharmacies in other parts of England joining on a phased basis during the coming weeks.
These new sites are coming after the first two Hospital Vaccination Centres opened in Cambridge and Peterborough mid-December.