Staff at Riverbank Medical Centre reflect on 'phenomenal’ 50,000 vaccinations

  • 21 April 2021

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50,000th vaccination

Medical staff at Riverbank Medical Centre in Worle have been working hard to administer the COVID-19 vaccine during the last four months, and this week, achieved the milestone of giving 50,000 vaccinations.

The vaccination centre is run by GP and nursing staff from Pier Health Group, with support from local volunteers, to provide vaccinations to residents in Weston-super-Mare and Worle.

Dr John Heather, local GP and Clinical Director for Pier Health Primary Care Network, explains more:

“To get to 50,000 vaccinations is truly fantastic, and a testament to the team working tirelessly, together, every day. I would like to thank each and every one of our staff and volunteers for making this possible.

“The response from local residents has been phenomenal, with the vast majority of people booking their vaccination as soon as they become eligible. We are really proud of what we have achieved and of the cooperation from our local community. Many see the vaccination as the first step to getting back to normal, to seeing friends and family again, and to everything we have missed out on in the last year.”

Dr Heather also urged local people to continue to support the vaccination programme and get vaccinated against COVID-19. He said:

“With such a great uptake so far, we encourage local people to continue to book their vaccinations when they become eligible; especially if they weren’t ready to have the vaccine when first invited, but have now changed their mind. This will help provide the best protection for you and those around you.”

Local resident David Pollard, aged 68 from Weston-super-Mare, was the 50,000th person to be vaccinated at the medical centre this week, he said:

“I’m really pleased to have had my second dose of the vaccine. I was really looking forward to it. It’s great to be vaccinated locally in Weston-super-Mare.”

The COVID-19 vaccination programme in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire is now inviting people aged 45 years and older to book their first vaccine. 45-49 year olds can book via the National Booking Service on the NHS website or by calling 119. Anyone else eligible for vaccination in priority groups 1-9 should contact their GP.

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place. Find out what you can and cannot do on the Government website.

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