Delivered on Thursday evening (24 November), the 100,000th vaccine was given to Mr Colin Moffat, who came to Staploe Medical Centre to get his booster. Over the coming weeks, Ely Primary Care Networks (PCNs) – groups of GP practices working together – have hundreds more vaccination appointments booked in, with more patients being invited to come forward every day.
Dr Anthony Gunstone, GP at Staploe Medical Practice, commented:
“I am so proud of every single member of our vaccination programme team, from receptionists to GPs and from nurses to administrators. Whilst patients may only meet vaccinators and volunteers on site at our vaccination clinics, there’s a huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to make every vaccination possible. To all of our team I want to say a huge thank you, as we wouldn’t have reached this wonderful milestone of 100,000 vaccinations without you.”
Commenting on this achievement, Dr Gary Howsam, Chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“The COVID-19 vaccination programme has been a phenomenal team effort across the health system, with GP practices, NHS Trusts and community pharmacy teams all working together to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations whilst also continuing to offer routine care to patients in our area.
“We are hugely thankful to Ely South and Ely North PCNs in particular for the part they have played in the vaccination programme, from their delivery of the very first COVID-19 vaccination outside a hospital environment in our area in December 2020 straight through to this fantastic milestone of the 100,000th vaccination delivered by the team.”
Patients who are registered with practices in and around Ely and who have not yet had their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are invited to contact their practice to access the vaccination, as it’s never too late to accept the invitation to have the life-saving jab.
Patients registered with a GP Practice within one of the two Ely PCNs who qualify for a booster vaccine can either choose to wait to hear from their practice, or book a booster appointment at a large scale or community pharmacy vaccination centre by visiting www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine. Those without access to the internet can call 119.