Rollout of Covid vaccine to start in Purbeck in January

The Covid-19 vaccine hub for residents in Swanage and across Purbeck will be at Wareham Hospital and clinics are expected to start around Monday 11th January 2021.

The Purbeck Primary Care Network, which consists of Swanage Medical Practice, Corfe Castle Surgery, Wareham Surgery, Bere Regis Surgery, Sandford Surgery and The Wellbridge Practice is organising the Covid vaccine clinics.

People over 80 years and care workers will be the first to get the jab

Patients at these GP surgeries will be contacted by letter, phone or text in strict order of priority as set out by the government. This means that people over 80 years and care workers will be the first to get the jab.

Residents are being asked not to contact their GP, as this is taking time away from being able to organise the rollout, which is an immense logistical challenge.

Covid vaccine being administered into patient
NHS Dorset CCG

“We are looking for volunteers to help marshal our Covid clinics”

In order to get the most vulnerable vaccinated as quickly as possible, the Purbeck Primary Care Network is asking for an army of volunteers to help as marshals at the Wareham Hospital clinics.

In a post on its Facebook page it put out the appeal:

“Hi everyone, we hope you are safe and well. We are looking for volunteers to help marshal our Covid clinics which will be starting around the 11th of January at Wareham Hospital.

“This will include things like signposting, symptom checking, making tea and coffee, offering a friendly face and conversation, keeping a watchful eye on our patients who are waiting and other light duties.

“You will be required to wear a face mask, keep a safe distance and maintain hygiene. 18+. You might be required to complete some quick online training. Please could you email purbeckpcn@dorsetgp.nhs.uk if you would like to help. Thank you 🙂 PLEASE SHARE!”

Dorset resident receives the Covid vaccine at Dorset County Hospital
Dorset County Hospital

Those who will be offered the Covid vaccine in order of priority

  • Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  • All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  • All those 75 years of age and over
  • All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 18 years of age)
  • All those 65 years of age and over
  • All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  • All those 60 years of age and over
  • All those 55 years of age and over
  • All those 50 years of age and over

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