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Covid booster jabs: Surgery teams deliver almost 1,200 vaccinations in a day as Bishop's Stortford Football Club clinic resumes



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Covid-19 vaccinations resumed at Bishop’s Stortford Football Club on Sunday (Dec 19) with booster jabs for 1,181 people.

And the centre is to continue with three more appointment-only sessions before the year's end – plus a half-day walk-in clinic.

In response to the Omicron emergency, teams from the Stort Valley and Villages Primary Care Network (PCN) stepped in to immunise patients registered with its five practices: Church Street, South Street and Parsonage in Stortford, Bell Street in Sawbridgeworth and Much Hadham Health Centre.

Vaccinations resume at Bishop's Stortford Football Club (53831155)
Vaccinations resume at Bishop's Stortford Football Club (53831155)

Bishop’s Stortford’s Conservative MP Julie Marson visited to thank the medics who resumed mass vaccinations so that residents unable to secure an appointment at Trinity Pharmacy in South Street or at Stansted Surgery could avoid a trip to the nearest walk-in centre at Harlow Leisurezone.

Their efforts were also recognised by staff at Tesco supermarket who supplied chocolates, sweets, biscuits and satsumas.

A PCN spokeswoman said: “It went really smoothly. Not having the 15-minute wait [after the jabs] is brilliant as it meant the clinics were quiet, were able to social distance and we had no queue!”

Tesco staff with treats for the NHS team (53831157)
Tesco staff with treats for the NHS team (53831157)

Further clinics are planned at the R&D Advisors UK Stadium at Woodside, off Dunmow Road, on Wednesday (Dec 22), Tuesday December 28 and on the morning of Thursday December 30. As on Sunday, these vaccinations will be by appointment only, with invitations issued by GPs, not the National Booking Service (NBS).

But the PCN will be hosting a walk-in jab clinic on the afternoon of Thursday December 30, from 1pm to 5pm.

The spokeswoman added that it was hoped appointments at the football club clinic via the NBS would be available soon.

In the run-up to Christmas and New Year, the director of clinical services for the Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System is appealing to the public to use services wisely as NHS staff face the triple challenge of traditional winter pressures, patients with Covid-19 and speeding up delivery of the vaccination programme.

Vaccinations resume at Bishop's Stortford Football Club (53831153)
Vaccinations resume at Bishop's Stortford Football Club (53831153)

Dr Rachel Joyce said: “The NHS belongs to everybody, and in this time of extreme pressure we can all help by using the right service and looking out for ourselves and others.

“This winter we are dealing with not only the usual surge in seasonal illnesses such as colds, coughs, norovirus and flu, but also staffing and service pressures caused by an increasing number of Covid-19 cases.

“To help to protect as many people as possible from serious illness caused by Covid – which also puts huge pressure on health and care services – the NHS nationally has made it clear that we must prioritise the booster vaccination programme.

"This means there will be fewer staff to carry out some routine and non-urgent appointments, which have been temporarily suspended, so that we can offer every eligible adult in our area a booster vaccination by the end of December.

“Urgent or emergency care and other critical services, such as cancer diagnosis and treatment, will continue to be prioritised.”

Dr Joyce said that patients should continue to attend appointments already booked and those who have been unwell for more than 48 hours and need medical help can ask to see a healthcare professional at their GP practice.

Those with an urgent illness or injury that isn’t life- or limb-threatening and need medical help can go online at www.111.nhs.uk or call 111. Health advice is available from www.nhs.uk and from pharmacies without an appointment.



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