As the vaccination effort in Sunderland reaches a significant milestone, local health leads are taking this moment to thank everyone who is playing a part in what continues to be the largest vaccination programme in NHS history.
Recently, Government announced that across the country, the top four priority groups have been vaccinated or offered a vaccine. In Sunderland, uptake is particularly successful with over 60,000 vaccines given.
Dr Neil O’Brien, Clinical Accountable Officer for NHS Sunderland CCG said:
“Reaching this milestone sends a message of hope to our communities and I give my thanks to all of our local health professionals and volunteers who have made this happen.
“We still have some way to go but the sheer will to protect our communities and help us all to bring back a sense of normality remains strong.”
Dr Ian Pattison, local GP and Clinical Chair of NHS Sunderland CCG said:
“Local health services and its partners worked at lightning speed to deliver a complex vaccination programme in a really short space of time. The dedication I have seen first-hand from our staff and all of the other volunteers involved, has been inspiring and I’m so proud to be a part of that.”
Ann Fox, Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Safety for NHS Sunderland CCG said:
“As a vaccinator at the Sunderland Royal Hospital, I’ve had the privilege of meeting so many front line staff who work in a variety of roles supporting the vaccine delivery, as well as delivering direct care to patients. They were all so very grateful and relieved to receive the vaccine.
“I thank everyone involved and am humbled to be amongst such amazing people.”
GPs continue to remind people that for communities to be fully protected, it is important that all we continue to follow the stay safe rules and have your vaccination when it is your turn.