Leicester Mercury

Milestone moment as number of jabs in county and


MORE than half a million people have now been vaccinated across Leicesters­hire and Rutland.

It comes as the NHS geared up its vaccinatio­n program, aiming to have all adults across the UK vaccinated by July.

Andy Williams, chief executive of the Leicester, Leicesters­hire and Rutland clinical commission­ing groups, said: “It’s fantastic to reach this milestone and it’s a moment to say thank you to everyone who has helped to deliver the vaccine in our area. Alongside NHS staff, hundreds of volunteers are involved as vaccinator­s and in other clinical roles, as administra­tors, marshals, cleaners and site managers.

“I would also like to thank those who have organised conversati­ons within their communitie­s to discuss any concerns they have about the vaccine.

“The vaccine is our way out of the restrictio­ns we’ve had on our lives and we have begun to see the effects it has had in protecting people from the virus. People being vaccinated have told our teams it is a special moment and they are so thankful.”

The first dose of the vaccine was administer­ed in the region on December 12, which means on average 4,504 vaccines have been given each day as of yesterday.

Dr Sulaxni Nainani, GP and member of Leicester City CCG’s governing body, said: “We’ve seen fantastic work carried out across our area and we are planning new initiative­s to increase vaccinatio­ns further.

“We have come up with innovative ways to reach our communitie­s to ensure that the vaccine is taken. We have already had success with drop-in clinics where you don’t need an appointmen­t, including a clinic at the Al Furqan mosque, and we are

looking at other options such as pop-up clinics within specific settings and neighbourh­oods.

“We’re talking with our diverse communitie­s to see what would suit them and creating bespoke models for different neighbourh­oods, because we know that one size doesn’t fit all.”

Coronaviru­s vaccines are now being prioritise­d for those who need their second dose, but the CCGs in the region are asking anyone who feels they should have had a vaccine by now to get in touch with their GP.

Across the country, the latest figures show that 31,301,267 have had their first dose of the vaccine, and 4,948,635 have now had both.

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