Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent COVID-19 Vaccination Programme | Stakeholder Bulletin
With COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness making the news this week, it’s timely that our winter booster programme is expected to get underway in late September.
We know that double vaccinations offer the best protection but also that immunity can reduce months later to varying degrees, which is why the booster programme for the most vulnerable is on its way. We are awaiting national guidance, expected next week, that will outline the requirements for the booster programme and we hope to share more then.
A new UK study is also launching to examine the difference a third vaccine dose makes to those who are immunosuppressed. All the time, we are learning more about the virus, which will help us adapt and manage living with COVID-19 in society.
With cooler months approaching – a time when both COVID-19 and flu usually increase – we’re particularly concerned about those in our communities who are yet to have their first and second vaccinations. Our hospitals are still seeing high numbers of patients with COVID-19, including pregnant women so it is really important people of all ages get their vaccine.
Please don’t go into winter unvaccinated and remember that one vaccine is not enough. Your best protection is with two vaccines.
We particularly call on care home workers, and other contractors/professions who work in these homes including doctors, nurses and council staff, plumbers and hairdressers to heed deadlines for getting jabbed. To do this, you need to have your first jab by 16 September.
We’re pleased to see so many 16-17 year olds coming forward for their jabs. It’s early days, but we have had a good response so far. We’re keen to get as many vaccinated as possible ahead of the school term. After a successful pilot of the national walk-in clinics website, we now have an ever-expanding list of walk-in clinics nationally here. For anyone 16 and over, enter your postcode to find your nearest walk in.
As part of reviewing for our Phase 3 vaccination programme there are a couple of changes in the coming months. The Kingston vaccination centre in Stafford is reviewing the types of vaccinations it administers and although nothing is yet finalised, we’re happy to assure you that keeping our population fully vaccine protected remains at the centre of any plans. We will share more soon.
The Whitemoor Lakes vaccination centre in Alrewas will be administering its last vaccination on Friday 27 August, after delivering around 55,000 vaccines since it opened. This is a result of all our Primary Care Networks taking part in the Phase 3, as well as an increasing number of pharmacies also taking part. We are extraordinarily grateful to all the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust and all the staff and volunteers who have been so dedicated in delivering these thousands of jabs to their communities. As some return to their pre-pandemic lives and others continue in mobile clinic teams, we wish them all well. They leave with our grateful thanks.
Looking to the forthcoming months of flu vaccinations we’re progressing, can already see the same focus and commitment we’re so familiar with. Once again, we thank you all so much for your unstinting efforts now and those we anticipate for an unprecedented winter season.
Once again, we applaud the ongoing dedicated efforts of our staff and volunteer teams across the entire vaccination programme, for those many months behind us as well as those yet to come.