Since the Covid-19 vaccination programme began a year ago, almost 900,000 vaccines have been delivered across Pennine Lancashire.
Today (15th December 2021) marks the first anniversary of the start of the vaccination programme across Pennine Lancashire (Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire).
Health leaders across the distract would like to thank all NHS staff, partners, volunteers and of course, members of the public, as we celebrate this first anniversary.
Dr Mark Dziobon, Medical Director, NHS Blackburn with Darwen and NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) said: “This last year the NHS has been through a time like no other. The support and sheer hard work of our NHS colleagues, our volunteers, our partner organisations, local charities, local communities, and of course the co-operation from members of the public have no doubt had a huge impact on the vaccination numbers.”
Whilst the Covid virus remains in circulation across the world, this remains the NHS’s biggest inoculation programme ever, and is no doubt helping reduce deaths and hospital admissions.
One of the first people to get vaccinated locally was Blackburn resident Mr Thomas Patrick Barrett, 80 at the time of his vaccination. Having his first vaccination he said: “I feel liberated. It means carrying on my life. It is very humbling to see how much work has been done by the NHS. I am thankful for all the efforts and determination. I am looking forward to life returning to normal.”
Nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS (and non-NHS) staff have worked alongside GPs to deliver the vaccines, across a variety of venues. These have included care homes, churches, mosques, community centres, health centres, mobile pop-up sites in places such as town centres and colleges, hospital sites, and mass vaccination sites i.e. Blackburn Cathedral and Burnley Mall.
Latest figures released from NHS England show that as of the 9th December 2021, a staggering 857,501 vaccines have so far been given in Pennine Lancashire. This equates to:
• 383,856 (85%) 1st doses
• 345,27 (76%) 2nd doses
• 128,118 boosters
Dr Dziobon concluded: “It is so encouraging to see the numbers of people coming forward for their vaccinations. New variants though such as the highly infectious Omicron currently circulating, show that it has never been more important for people to come forward as soon as they are eligible for the top up protection against the virus.
“I’d also like to point out that it is also never too late to come forward for your first jab, you won’t be judged or ‘told-off’ for not having come forward before. Our vaccination teams will welcome you, and should you have any concerns, questions or hesitation, just go along and talk to someone.
“Once again, thank you to everyone who has played a part in making this such a massive success across our local towns and districts.”
To book a Covid-19 vaccination, or to find a walk-in centre near you, please go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/