Stoke-on-Trent Covid-19 Vaccination Programme bulletin 16/07/2021

Together We're Better Covid Bulletin

When we launched our first vaccination hub in December, the Government’s target for all adults to be offered their first dose by the end of July seemed daunting. Thanks to the efforts of our staff, volunteers and all of you who have championed the importance of the vaccination within your networks, we’re on track to deliver the target. 85% of our adult population have now received their first dose.

We need to recognise this immense achievement, with over 1.4million vaccines delivered. You’ve heard it said before, but this really is the biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS. However, this has only happened because of our strong partnership working locally, whether it’s the local councils, Fire, Police, Blood Bikes, voluntary sector, football clubs or local businesses. Thank you, we couldn’t have done it without you.  

However we can’t stop yet, there are still too many people who have not come forward for their first dose. Our local target is 90%. It’s ambitious, but we’re determined to ensure no one gets left behind. Every vaccine counts if we’re to reduce hospitalisations and help get back to some sense of normality.

Now in the run up to lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, our efforts remain utterly undimmed. Our teams are focused on getting as many people double vaccinated as fast as they can. We know it’s the second dose that makes all the difference.  

That’s because after 19 January there’s a real and worrying risk that while suddenly being able to shake off COVID-19 restrictions, people are caught out and catch this terrible virus. Infection rates are surging and hospitalisations are increasing nationally, including in the younger age groups. Whatever your motivation, whether it is fear of becoming ill or the desire to travel abroad, now is the time to get your vaccine. Don’t leave it too late, if you catch COVID you have to wait 28 days before you can have your vaccine.   

Then there’s Long Covid – a very real risk of devastating effects on your body that can endure for years to come. No matter your age, ethnicity or fitness. The evidence is increasingly showing that this is having a long-lasting impact on people’s lives.

For all these reasons, more walk-in and pop-up clinics are opening their doors now and during the weeks ahead. With a range of hours to suit everyone, we’re also calling on workplaces to encourage vaccinations for their staff and volunteers. In support, this week’s bulletin includes a link to a downloadable toolkit designed to encourage people to help protect their workmates and loved ones, by getting jabbed. 

A new Public Health England (PHE) report reinforces the statistically stark difference in infection rates between unvaccinated people and the double vaccinated, highlighting the importance of getting that second jab.

We know that demand for our GP practices is unprecedented at the moment. We’d like to thank our GP colleagues who have continued to deliver the vaccination programme alongside day to day business. So far, 80% of our vaccinations locally have been delivered by our GP networks. This is truly remarkable. In response to the unprecedented demand, we’ve launched a survey to understand people’s experiences of access and care in general practice during the pandemic. See below for more details

We’re on a mission this weekend to vaccinate as many people as possible, ahead of the restrictions lifting on Monday. Please join us with this big push over the coming days and help promote the normal clinics and the walk-ins within your communities.

See you on the other side.

Neil Carr                                                                   Dr Paddy Hannigan

Senior Responsible Officer                                      Clinical Lead
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme                         COVID-19 Vaccination Programme


Walk-in clinics

This week’s clinics continue across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent – walk-in vaccinations as well as booked appointments.

People can drop in without an appointment and get either their first or second vaccination dose.

Walk-in clinics are taking place in:

  • Tamworth
  • Lichfield
  • Hanley
  • Alrewas

More are added every day, so keep checking our website.

Weekday and weekend slots are available, as well as opening hours to cater for workers unable to get to a clinic during business hours. These clinics are in addition to the existing network of clinics offered through GPs, our large vaccination centres and community pharmacies.

Anyone who already has a vaccination appointment should attend that appointment as planned. If you are yet to book either one or both of your vaccinations you can drop in to a clinic near you without booking.

The full list of walk-in clinics with dates, times and vaccine details is here. It includes a toolkit with graphics for sharing as widely as possible across social media and communications channels.

Those unable to get to a walk-in clinic can book their vaccine appointment online through the National Booking Service or by calling NHS 119.

Being workplace safe after 19 January

A practical and positive way employers can help their staff and volunteers stay safe after restrictions are removed on 19 July, is to encourage each and each and every one of their workforce (over 18, or 16 with an at risk condition) to get vaccinated as soon as they can.

With only around 60% of those aged 18-29 taking up their first vaccination, there is quite a way to go to achieve the minimum 85% uptake we are aiming for.

Both Pfizer and AZ vaccines are highly effective at protecting against the Delta variant after two doses and preventing hospitalisation.

There are stark benefits for employers too, including:

  • Fewer staff sick days, including those due to Long Covid
  • Fewer COVID-positive tests, so less time off for self-isolating

The sooner people get their first vaccine, the sooner they can get their second. Anyone over 18 – and over 16 if in an at-risk group – need to make sure they get two doses to not only protect themselves, but their colleagues, family and friends.

Public Health England has published a toolkit designed to help employers as they support their teams in getting vaccinated for the benefit of all.

We are grateful to all employers supporting the vaccination programme.

COVID-19 infection rates three times lower in the double vaccinated

Interim findings of a study released by Public Health England on 8 July, show that COVID-19 infection rates for under 65s who are double vaccinated, are three times lower than under 65s who are not vaccinated in the period 24 June to 5 July.

The prevalence of infection in under 65s who had received two doses of vaccine was 0.35% compared to 1.15% who had not received any, which highlights the importance of vaccination. 

These findings are from the latest report of REACT-1, one of the largest studies into COVID-19 infections in England.

This latest data also shows that infections in England have increased fourfold from 0.15% to 0.59% since the group’s last report which covered the period 20 May to 7 June.

Read the full report here.

Pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine

Pregnant women should be offered vaccination against COVID-19 at the same time as people of the same age or risk group, with a preference for either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

Women who are pregnant, or who think they might be, can book their COVID-19 vaccinations online or by calling their GP and explaining they are eligible and pregnant.

All vaccination sites will offer pre-vaccination counselling on the potential benefits and risks of vaccination in pregnancy, allowing women to make an informed choice about whether to receive them on site.

The COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has updated its COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy guidance.

Accessing GPs – share your experience

General practice remains open and our teams of clinicians and staff continue to work extremely hard as they have since the start of the pandemic.  Whilst continuing to care for their patients, our GP practices have played a significant role in the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Although lockdown restrictions are lifting across England, social distancing remains in place across all healthcare settings and we must continue to work differently to keep the most vulnerable members of our community safe.  This means that face to face appointments will continue to take place for those who need them alongside telephone and video consultations. 

If you, or someone you know has recently tried to access care through their GP practice, please ask them to share their experience with us via our short survey.

All adults now invited to book vaccination appointments

Megaphone and speech bubble 'all adults in England can now book their COVID-19 jab'Everyone over the age of 18 is invited to either book their appointment or drop into a walk-in centre to get their vaccine.

People who turned 18 by 16 July 2021 can book their first appointments, as can anyone else who has been invited and is yet to book their first dose.

Book online or by calling 119 if you:

·        Are aged 18 or over

·        Will turn 18 before 16 July 2021

·        Are at risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)

·        Have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)

·        Have a learning disability

·        Are a frontline health or social care worker

·        Get a Carer’s Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you are a carer

If you’re an eligible unpaid carer but cannot book an appointment via the National Booking System (NBS), please speak to your surgery.

Those eligible will be contacted by letter, text or phone, inviting them to join the millions already vaccinated. As we are vaccinating some of the largest numbers of people in our communities, that may mean a little difficulty securing appointments on the first attempt, or that people have to travel a little further to be vaccinated.

But we continue urging people to keep trying online or by calling 119. More booking slots are opening up all the time.

Alternatively, call in to a nearby walk-in clinic to get your vaccine dose. Either way, everyone who is eligible will get their vaccine.

Statistics

The tables below show local verified statistics giving a breakdown of how many vaccinations have been given and to what cohort.

We have now given a total of 1,434,241 doses, which is 800,962 first doses and 633,279 second doses. 

Thanks to everyone’s hard work across the system, we have now vaccinated :

     97.9% of over 80s,
    100% of the 75-79s,
     97.3% of the 70-74s,
     95.3% of the 65-69s, 
    100% of the 60-64s, 
     98.1% of the 55-59s, 
     94.0% of the 50-54s,
     84.9% of the 45-49s,
     91.5% of the 40-44s,
     85.5% of the 35-39s,
     80.3% of the 30-34s,
     64.8% of the 25-29s,
     62.8% of the 18-24s

 with at least one dose.

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent statistics

Midlands regional statistics

National statistics (England)

The following link contains information on the number of COVID-19 vaccinations provided by the NHS in England, you can see ward level data through this link: www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-vaccinations

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