Today marks a huge milestone for us, when we delivered our 10,000th COVID-19 vaccination to a health and social care worker in Bolton at Royal Bolton Hospital.
Shahina Mohamed, an advanced clinical pharmacist at a GP surgery in Bolton, was the recipient of the 10,000th Pfizer jab, and said:
“I’m looking forward to seeing family and friends, and being one step closer to normality. I’ve done my bit today to make that happen.”
The team at the hospital weren’t given much notice to establish and deliver a mass vaccination programme – with the call coming just after Christmas that our supplies had arrived. We began vaccinating our frontline staff immediately, moving onto all staff within the organisation who support our frontline services, then onto the wider health and care staff within Bolton.
To have completed 10,000 vaccines in six weeks is a testament to the absolute dedication of team Bolton during these challenging times, working so hard to get us one step closer to an end to the pandemic, and to keep our staff and patients as safe as we possibly can.
The team will now step down briefly, before beginning the second doses for everyone next month.
Michelle Cox, Director of Operations in Diagnostic and Support Services at the Trust said:
“I wanted to share a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in the design and delivery of the vaccination programme. To vaccinate so many people in such a short space of time is testament to their success.
“Staff from across the organisation volunteered to take part, I think because after such a challenging year the vaccine gave us all hope.
“We’ve had so many lovely thank you messages and emails, that have all said what a caring and effective service they received – and we will continue to deliver this when we start on the second doses.”