Thanks to the efforts of Watford’s local GP practices and surgeries, medical centres as well as the team at Watford General Hospital leading the COVID-19 vaccination programme, they are all supporting the town’s most vulnerable people and helping pave the way for restrictions to be eased.
According to Department of Health Data, as of January 28, a total of 7.8million people across the UK have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccine programme is the largest vaccination campaign in NHS history and Peter Taylor, Elected Mayor of Watford wanted to thank the team at Manor View Practice as a great example of the tremendous effort taking place to ensure the vaccine rollout is a success in the area. They have vaccinated over 9000 patients already, the highest in the locality.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “Practice teams across Watford have been working tirelessly to ensure Watford’s response to the vaccination programme has been a success.
“On top of the vaccinations, they have been undertaking their usual service to ensure that patients get the advice, tests, treatment or surgery they need.
“The vaccine rollout is instrumental in the fight against COVID-19 and there has been a great deal of co-ordination of manufacturing, logistics, rapid training of vaccination administration personnel and co-operation of patients.
“I would like to thank the health and care workers in Watford for going above and beyond during the pandemic and encourage everyone to take up the call for the vaccine when their turn arrives.”
Dr Ketan Bhatt, GP Partner at Manor View Practice said “I would urge everyone to book an appointment when invited. But remember – even when you are vaccinated, it’s vitally important to continue to break the chain of infection by washing our hands, using a face covering and keeping our distance from others.”
“We are rolling out the vaccine as quickly and as safely as possible – as supply allows. We need to give the vaccine the best possible chance to succeed by continuing our efforts to stop the spread of the virus now by adhering to the current restrictions.
“Anyone who tests positive or who is identified as a close-contact must self-isolate to prevent the spread of the virus.”
Top of the priority list are people who live and work in care homes, followed by people over the age of 70, those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and frontline health and social care workers, including NHS staff.
For more information on the vaccine, please visit nhs.uk/CovidVaccine.
You can also visit the Manor View Practice at manorviewpractice.co.uk
In the picture above is Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor and Dean Russell MP