Health bosses have welcomed news that the COVID-19 vaccination programme will begin next week.

Fifty hospitals across the country will administer the first batch of doses, with further sites to be added over the coming weeks.

The first people to be vaccinated will be those over 80 years old, care home staff and NHS workers who are at high risk of serious illness.

Dr Richard Harling, director of health and care at Staffordshire County Council, said:

“The rollout of the vaccine from Tuesday is really encouraging news but it may be many months before this is available in large quantities. 

“We’ll be working closely with our partners and local hospitals throughout the rollout but in the meantime, it’s absolutely vital that we all continue to do what we can to help reduce the spread of the virus.

“That means sticking to the rules and remembering the basics of washing our hands regularly, wearing a face covering and keeping our distance. These are really simple steps, which together can make the biggest difference.”

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council

The rate of infection across Lichfield and Burntwood has dropped during the period of the national lockdown.

Dr Harling said it was important people continued to follow the current Tier 3 restrictions.

“We have shown in the last few weeks that we can work together and bring cases down, and the challenge now is to continue to maintain this until most people are vaccinated.

“This is going to take a collective effort but following the rules is our best chance of controlling the virus and getting back more of the freedoms we once took for granted.”

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council

3 replies on “County health chief welcomes confirmation coronavirus vaccination programme will begin”

  1. It’s disappointing that, although the Derby & Burton NHS Trust is one of the fifty centres, vaccinations will only be happening at the Derby site for the time being, and not the Burton site.

  2. I’m sure in time it will roll-out to other hospital sites. Here’s hoping that one of those hospitals will be the Samuel Johnson which I believe are part of this trust.

  3. Again a city like lichfield which should have its own A&E is put to the bottom of the list
    How can people who can’t travel easily make that trip

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