Bishop's Stortford's football club vaccination chief hails 'amazing' team of volunteers
The GP co-ordinating Bishop's Stortford's vaccination programme at the football club has paid tribute to the dozens of volunteers supporting NHS staff.
Dr Sian Stanley, a partner at Church Street, is the clinical director of Stort Valley and Villages Primary Care Network, which has set up a centre at Bishop's Stortford FC's stadium on the Woodside industrial estate off Dunmow Road to immunise her patients and those of the South Street and Parsonage practices in Stortford, Bell Street surgery in Sawbridgeworth and Much Hadham Health Centre.
The medics, like their colleagues at the Avanti Meadows Primary School centre at St Michael's Hurst run by Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, are currently concentrating on giving second doses of the Pfizer BioNTech and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines.
Across Hertfordshire, 536,780 – or 51.54% of the population – have received at least one dose; in East Herts, 54.28% have been jabbed at least once.
Dr Stanley said: "I'd like to say a massive thank you to all the volunteers at the Stort Valley and Villages vaccination clinic without whom this whole operation would not have been achievable.
"The volunteers in the car park have been amazing, standing out in all weathers still with a smile on their face ensuring that everybody is parked, has all the information they need and knows where to go. They really are a reliable, hard-working team.
"The volunteers inside the vaccination clinic have also been amazing with their support of the clinical team. They've checked people in, made coffees and teas, helped the nurses with IT issues and ensured that the clinic runs smoothly."
The vaccine is currently available to anyone aged over 50, those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, people at higher risk of coronavirus, anyone with a learning disability and carers.