Cambridgeshire health teams hit two million Covid jab milestone
Local health teams working together on the Covid-19 vaccine programme are celebrating this week as the two millionth dose of the life-saving jab has been delivered in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Since the Covid-19 vaccination programme started in December 2020, GP practices, community and hospital NHS teams, pharmacies, local authorities and other key partners have been working tirelessly to offer the vaccination to hundreds of thousands of people in Cambridgeshire.
Their work has been supported by a fantastic range of voluntary and community organisations who continue to talk to vulnerable communities in the area on a regular basis to improve vaccine uptake.
Dr Gary Howsam, chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group and a local GP, said: “We’re incredibly proud of all of our fantastic staff and volunteers across the NHS and beyond who have worked together to deliver two million Covid-19 vaccinations in our local area.
"These vaccinations have doubtlessly saved lives and helped people to avoid the very worst effects of Covid-19. We’re pleased to say more people are accepting the offer of the vaccination every single week, including first doses because it is never too late for people to come forward for their vaccination.
“I want to thank everyone who has played their part in the Covid-19 vaccination programme – from vaccinators and clinicians to administrators and queue marshals. Without you we wouldn’t have been able to reach this amazing achievement."
Dr David Vickers, medical director of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust said: “We are proud of the major contribution our large-scale vaccination centres have made in delivering this remarkable achievement.
"The staff and volunteers within our centres continue to play a unique role in the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history and our heartfelt thanks go to them all.”
More than 735,000 people have now received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine locally, with over half a million people taking up at least three doses.
It is never too late to get the Covid-19 vaccination and it is easier than ever to get the vaccination, as people can now walk in for spring boosters at selected sites. Some sites are also open for parents who can bring their child aged 5-11 for vaccination on a walk-in basis.
To get their vaccine, local people are invited to simply visit www.thevaccinators.co.uk to find a walk-in clinic near them. No ID or NHS number is necessary at these walk-in clinics.
Alternatively, people who would prefer to book in can get their appointments scheduled in via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119.