Coronavirus: News from our partners – Lord-Lieutenant visits Shrewsbury vaccination teams
News from our partners, the local COVID-19 Vaccination Service
The Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Mrs Anna Turner JP, visited one of the four coronavirus vaccination centres locally last week.
The Lord-Lieutenant visited the vaccination centre at Shrewsbury Indoor Bowls Centre and has paid tribute to the volunteers and staff for their hard work throughout the pandemic, working round-the-clock to vaccinate residents against COVID-19 and protect us all from coronavirus.
During the visit the Lord-Lieutenant spoke to staff and volunteers, praising the work done by all the team in delivering thousands of vaccinations locally since the vaccination programme began in December 2020. To date over quarter of a million doses of the vaccine have been administered locally.
Data published on 25 March by NHS England showed, as of 21 March 2021, a total of 258,478 doses (including second doses) have been given in Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin. This includes 248,977 first dose vaccinations across all age groups. 91.3 per cent of people aged 50 and above have received the first dose of a vaccination against COVID-19.
Anna Turner said:-
“To have witnessed first-hand the smooth running, and the dedication of volunteers and staff working together, has been a real pleasure. I heard words of kindness and support being offered to reassure the recipients, and could see how efficiently the hub is being run. It is team spirit, with a determination to get as many of the community protected as possible without wasting a single drop of vaccine.”
Angie Wallace, Programme Director for the COVID-19 Vaccination Service for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, gave the Lord-Lieutenant a tour of the centre. She said:-
“I was really proud that we were visited by the Lord-Lieutenant and able to showcase all of the work that we are putting into the vaccination programme for local people.
“It was a wonderful morale boost and huge endorsement of the commitment of all our staff and volunteers.
“During the visit I told her about some of the fantastic feedback that we have received from patients who have visited the vaccination centre.”
David Evans, accountable officer for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups, said:-
“The visit from the Lord-Lieutenant has given a real boost to our staff and volunteers who have, and continue to, go above and beyond in our local response to the pandemic.
“Locally, the uptake in the vaccine is very good and the success of the programme is credited to our workforce.”
If you would like further information about our vaccination programme, please visit: https://www.sath.nhs.uk/covid19/public/#vaccine
- Photo 1: The Lord-Lieutenant meeting members of the clinical team and volunteers
- Photo 2: The Lord-Lieutenant meets members of the Vaccination Team
- Photo 3: The Lord-Lieutenant visits Shrewsbury Vaccination Centre (pictured Lord-Lieutenant for Shropshire Mrs Anna Turner JP, Deputy Lieutenant for Shropshire Mrs Nicky Kershaw, Dr Ainsley Reid, GP and vaccinator, Dave Evans, joint accountable officer for Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Telford and Wrekin CCG, Angie Wallace, Covid-19 Vaccination SRO for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Melanie France, Service Delivery Manager for Shrewsbury Indoors Bowls Centre Vaccination Centre)