West Mendip Hospital to start Covid vaccinations this week

The West Mendip Hospital in Glastonbury will be the first site to start vaccinating some of the town’s most vulnerable residents against Covid-19 this week.

People who have been identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) as the highest priority will be invited first, including over-80s and health and care staff.

Andy Heron, joint senior responsible officer for the mass vaccination programme in Somerset, said: “As a rural county, we are planning to make the vaccine available from a number of locations to enable easier access for as many people as possible.

“Over the coming weeks, this will include our new local GP-led vaccination services, hospital hubs, larger county sites and via teams of mobile vaccinators for those who cannot leave their homes.

“This is the first phase of this roll out of the vaccine in communities and I want to thank all our primary care colleagues, who have worked tirelessly to make this possible.”

Local vaccination services will be led by GPs, practice nurses and community pharmacists, with other services and additional community locations to follow over the coming weeks.

People are asked to support the NHS:

* Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, they will contact you;
* When they do contact you, please attend your booked appointments;
* And please continue to follow all the guidance to control the spread of the virus and save lives.

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