COVID Vaccination For Hospital Staff Commences

Staff at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust are one step closer to being protected against the COVID-19 virus this week as the first 975 people are set to receive their first dose of the vaccine.

Almost 250 staff members were vaccinated during the first day of delivery with their first dose of the Pfizer/ BioNTech vaccine at Royal Bolton Hospital and a further 700 will follow over the next three days.

Health care staff and medics have been trained to deliver the vaccine to their peers and hope to have delivered the vaccine to the whole workforce over the next three months.

Steph Leonard, Service Lead Sister for the Trust’s Pre-Op Assessment Service was first to receive the vaccine and said:

“Today means a lot to me because it marks being one step closer to some sort of normality.

“Unfortunately, I know first-hand what a devastating impact COVID-19 can have on families after losing my dad to the virus a few weeks ago. My mum will be chuffed to bits when I tell her I’ve been vaccinated today, we just want to see each other again and make sure we don’t miss out on any more time with our friends and family.”

Our Medical Director Dr Francis Andrews has been on hand to offer medical advice and support to the Trust’s vaccinators and has also been trained himself to deliver the vaccine if needed. He said:

“Today has been the best day of what has been a really difficult 2020. At long last, we have something that can prevent COVID-19 infections.

“It’s really important that we protect our staff so that when they are coming into contact with our patients and their families, they are reducing the risk of the virus from spreading.

“Starting to deliver the vaccine has been a fantastic team effort and I’d like to thank all member of the team who have contributed to getting this set up so quickly. It’s been a big challenge but once again our fantastic staff have delivered above-and-beyond”.

The Trust is taking a phased approach, starting with people who are at a higher risk based on their COVID risk assessments. Those who were clinically extremely vulnerable, are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethic community or who work in a higher risk area have been invited directly to take up an appointment.

Members of the public will be contacted by their GP surgery when it’s their turn to receive the vaccine.

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