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Covid-19 vaccinations continue to be rolled out for patients across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

6th January 2021 | By Melanie Shilton | Posted in

More patients across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are beginning to receive their Covid-19 vaccinations as additional supplies become available across the city and counties.

This week eligible patients that are registered at GP practices in the North Blaby primary care network (PCN) area which comprises of: Enderby Medical Centre, Forest House Medical Centre, Kingsway Surgery, Groby Surgery, the Glenfield Surgery and the Limes Medical Centre will begin receiving their vaccine which will be administered from the Thorpe Astley Community Centre on behalf of all the practices in the PCN area.

Nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff will continue to work alongside GPs to vaccinate those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and practice staff.

Caroline Trevithick, Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Performance for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland clinical commissioning groups said: “Over the past few weeks we are proud to have rapidly expanded the Covid-19 vaccination programme across LLR and we are continuing to work with our GP partners and pharmacists as more areas across the city and counties are preparing to begin vaccinating in the coming days and weeks. The approval of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will help to accelerate the local vaccine programmes and we are developing our plans in response to this There is still a long way to go but I’d like to reassure patients that they will be contacted by their GP with information about their vaccinations if they are eligible at this stage and when to come in for their second dose of the vaccine.”

The vaccine is typically delivered by a simple injection in the upper arm. Two doses of the vaccine are required for both the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines this will range between three and twelve weeks apart to achieve enhanced protection against coronavirus. There is a range of information available for patients ahead of receiving their vaccine, which can be found on the .gov.uk website.

Dr Simon Vincent, Clinical Director of North Blaby primary care network said: “We are really pleased to be able to start vaccinating patients in North Blaby and we’re really grateful for the continued support, dedication and commitment shown by all our staff, practice managers and GPs of the six practices in the North Blaby PCN. We know what receiving the vaccine will mean to so many of the most vulnerable patients and staff in our area and across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and we simply cannot wait to get started and play our part in defeating this virus. We will contact patients directly to book in for both doses of their vaccination and encourage every patient to get vaccinated to help us to prevent the spread. We cannot rely on others to get vaccinated in order to protect ourselves; we all need to play our part in order to overcome COVID-19.”

For the full list of GP practices and primary care networks currently offering vaccines to patients, visit https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/

For further information about Covid vaccinations visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/ .

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