Bolton reaches milestone of 100,000 vaccinations

It’s official – 100,000 people have now received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination in Bolton!

People involved in the vaccination programme have worked around the clock to reach this major milestone, and they’re already raring to go for the next 100,000.

To mark the occasion, Bolton Town Hall will be bathed in blue light this evening (Wednesday) to represent the NHS who are leading the vaccination programme.

Led by Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on behalf of NHS England, the town embarked on its vaccination programme on December 15 with Ann and Michael Clubley, from Bromley Cross the first to receive the vaccine.

Since then, Bolton’s eight vaccination sites have seen a steady stream of people eager to get their first dose.

The senior responsible officer for the programme said it would not have been possible without the support of everyone involved.

Dr Helen Wall, senior responsible officer for the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Bolton, and Clinical Director of Commissioning at Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group,  said: “Reaching the 100,000 milestone is fantastic but we couldn’t have done it without everyone pulling together.

“We’ve experienced so much this past 12 weeks – including the emotional moment when the Clubleys got their first dose, a visit from Vernon Kay and the first pop up site at Pikes Lane.

“When people come for their vaccination, I hope they have a friendly, safe and efficient experience but what they might not realise is the effort and hard work that goes into making that experience a good one.

“Clinicians have worked around the clock and even come out of retirement to get the job done. I also have a strong team of volunteers at Tonge Moor, who have been here from day one! I know that this is reflected across all of our vaccination centres. “And we mustn’t forget the practice staff, office staff, cleaning staff and additional support workers who have all pulled together to make sure the programme is running smoothly.

“While we will enjoy celebrating vaccinating 100,000 people, it’s really is much more than that. It’s a collective achievement of everything that is good about the people in my home town of Bolton.”

Bolton Council Leader, Councillor David Greenhalgh, said: “We are delighted to light up the town hall to recognise the tremendous efforts of Bolton’s healthcare staff and volunteers in reaching the milestone of 100,000 vaccinations.

“It marks a significant step in Bolton’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as we look to recover and come back stronger than ever.

“In a week in which we also saw many young people return to the classroom for the first time in months, there are many reasons to be optimistic after what has been a challenging year.”

The full list of vaccination sites in Bolton:

  • Tonge Moor Health Centre – including people from Turton PCN
  • Lever Chambers Health Centre – including people from Rumworth PCN, Central PCN and Farnworth and Kearsley PCN
  • Breightmet Health Centre – including people from Breightmet and Little Lever PCN
  • Peter House Surgery – including people from Westhoughton PCN
  • Waters Meeting Health Centre – including people from Halliwell PCN, plus those registered at Bolton Community Practice in Horwich
  • Avondale Health Centre – including people from Chorley Roads PCN
  • Horwich RMI – including people from Kildonan House Surgery and Pike View Medical Centre
  • Hootons Pharmacy at the Bolton Wanderers, Horwich – including people who receive a letter to book through the national service

 

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