Melton residents to start getting Covid vaccine this week
The jabs will be given at Melton Sports Village by nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff working alongside GPs, with those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and residents, being the first recipients.
Patients from the the Melton, Syston and Vale Primary Care Network - which encompasses Latham House Medical Practice, Long Clawson Medical Practice, County Practice and Jubilee Medical Practice - will be vaccinated at the Burton Road site.
Dr Fahreen Dhanji, clinical director of Melton, Syston and Vale PCN, said: “I am thankful to be involved in setting up the community vaccination programme for our patients in the Melton, Syston and Vale Primary Care Network.
“It will bring hope to our patients and particularly the older and more vulnerable population who have struggled with all the restrictions during this pandemic.
“I am deeply humbled by how hard the staff in all our practices have worked to make this happen literally by burning the candle at both ends and I want to say a heartfelt thank you.”
Melton Borough Council leader Joe Orson said: “We have been working closely with the NHS in identifying a suitable local location for a vaccination centre and I am delighted the vaccine is coming to Melton after what has been a very challenging year.
“We appreciate it’s a complex programme the NHS have to deliver in rolling out the vaccine and we will do all we can to support them to allow our community to be vaccinated against Covid -19 - I would strongly encourage everyone invited to get immunised so we can beat this virus and look forward to a brighter future.”
Abigail Grewcock, contract manager for Everyone Active, which manages the sports village complex for the borough council, said: “The amazing work that NHS employees have done this year has been vital and we’re delighted to support their ongoing efforts.
“In these unprecedented times, we want to do all we can to support the fight against Covid-19 and our sports hall offers valuable capacity to help the local community for the upcoming months.”
Melton MP, Alicia Kearns, commented: “Residents have already begun to be invited to vaccination this week and an enormous team effort has been underway for weeks and it’s fantastic to see it come to fruition and provide an enormous sense of relief and source of hope to our communities locally.
“Thank you to all those who’ve worked so hard on this.
“I understand everyone’s anxiety to be vaccinated but please do not contact your GP.
“We have many people to vaccinate and you will be invited by letter, phone or text in due course.”
Caroline Trevithick, executive director of nursing, quality and performance for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland clinical commissioning groups said: “We wouldn’t have been able to begin vaccinating patients from as many practices as we have if it weren’t for local communities making their buildings available to us.
“It means we will be able to vaccinate greater numbers of patients, close to where they live, than we would out of GP practice premises alone.
“We are extremely grateful for their support in keeping our patients safe while we roll out the vaccine.”
She added: “You will be contacted by your GP practice to book your vaccination when your turn comes and you will be advised where you need to go.
“Please do not contact your practice enquiring about the vaccine before then.”
The clinical commissioning groups are also urging everyone to continue to remain vigilant and follow local Covid alert level restrictions and social distancing guidance while the vaccine is rolled out to all population groups.
Rutland residents will also start receving Covid vaccinations this week, at their dedicated centre at Rutland County Council’s offices, in Catmos Street, Oakham.
Patients based at the Market Overton and Somerby Surgeries, which are part of the Rutland Healthcare Primary Care Network, will be invited for their jabs at this centre.