Vaccination programme forging ahead

An impressive 91 per cent of everyone in Bolton over the age of 70 has now received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The vaccination programme is currently focusing on those aged 65 and over, plus those aged 16-64 and living with a long term health condition, and people who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable (on the shielding list).

However, anyone over 70 who has not yet had their vaccination is reminded to contact their GP practice for an appointment.

In addition, the Bolton team has vaccinated 85 per cent of people with a learning disability, living in either a care home or supported living accommodation, with plans to vaccinate the few remaining as soon as possible. Plans are also under way to vaccinate a group of homeless people with the help of the town’s homeless hostels.

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: "I am so pleased and proud of the way our primary care networks, pharmacy colleagues and volunteers have risen to this enormous challenge. I can’t thank them enough for just getting on with the job in hand.

"If anyone is hesitant about getting the vaccine I would simply advise them to consider the potentially severe consequences of catching Covid-19, especially as we move towards the easing of restrictions in the coming weeks and months.

“We don’t want to leave anyone behind, so please take up the offer to get vaccinated.”

People aged 65 to 69 are encouraged to book their appointment via the national booking system when they receive their letter, or if they prefer they can wait to be contacted by their GP. Those aged 16-64 and living with a long term health condition, or shielding, will be contacted by their GP practice.

The full list of vaccination sites in Bolton:

  • Tonge Moor Health Centre – including people from Turton Primary Care Network (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

More information on Bolton's PCNs.

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