Covid-19 vaccinations arriving over coming weeks


Deliveries of Covid-19 vaccinations are expected to arrive at a local health centre in the coming weeks.

GP practices from across Cheshire East have all signed up to deliver the Covid vaccination and groups of practices will be teaming up to deliver the vaccination programme from specific premises. For Chelford, Alderley Edge, Handforth and Wilmslow, the designated premises will be Wilmslow Health Centre.

Dr Amar Ahmed, Partner at Wilmslow Health Centre, told "GPs from across the patch have been working together to prepare to roll out the vaccine as soon as it's delivered, despite being under enormous pressure due to the pressures of winter and the limited service provided by some hospital departments. Our workload over summer, autumn and winter has been almost 40% more than this time last year and all staff have really pulled out the stops to get us through this pandemic."

"It's important that everyone who needs the vaccination gets it. The NHS is prioritising the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. When it is your turn to get the vaccine you will be contacted. This may be by phone or letter from your GP or national NHS booking service. When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccine, you will receive an invitation to come forward.

"Please do not contact the NHS to get an appointment until you are contacted."

Dr Amar Ahmed "Added It's also important for people to learn about the vaccine from reputable sources as there are a lot of urban myths circulating on social media scaring off people from having the vaccination. Wilmslow Health Centre has created an information page for just this purpose and we will update this with developments as often as we can."



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Anna Dakin
Monday 14th December 2020 at 8:15 pm
Not until first week in January at the earliest
Diane Holcroft
Wednesday 16th December 2020 at 4:51 pm
Many people are sceptical or even suspicious of speed with which this vaccine has been pushed through. I definitely am one that is in no hurry at all to accept it’s safety.
Vince Chadwick
Wednesday 16th December 2020 at 6:13 pm
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has not in any way been 'pushed through'. Its approval has taken NO shortcuts or missed out ANY of the approval stages. That it has been developed and approved so quickly is a tribute to the scientists who made that happen.

Further covid vaccines in the pipeline will only be approved once they have in turn successfully been through the same established process of clinical trials and safety checks that all licensed medicines go through, following the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) international standards of safety.

The ignorant but vocal tinfoil hat brigade on social media will tell you that no vaccine is 100% safe, and in that they are correct. Nothing is 100% safe. What the conspiracy theorists won't tell you is that not taking the vaccine is many thousands of time more potentially dangerous to your health than taking it. But the choice is yours - just be sure it's an informed choice.

It can't come soon enough for me.
Mark Russell
Wednesday 16th December 2020 at 6:47 pm
To be fair Vince is spot on. I’m no scientific expert but I’ve done a bit of research, and investigated how they came to such an early resolution. The science behind the vaccine is a lot more simple than you may think, so I urge anyone who is sceptical to do a bit of research. It make sense to me how quick it has been made as it’s only turning the virus on itself (I’m sure it’s more complicated than that) so my understanding is it’s nothing new, it’s just the virus re engineered to stop it killing us.
Simon Worthington
Thursday 17th December 2020 at 9:08 am
Hmm Couple of points. Please could Dr. Ahmed explain how the surgery has been 40% busier in the summer when it has been effectively closed?
Vince. Your first and second paragraphs contradict each other. You are however correct in the first paragraph as the rules have been changed in order to expedite the vaccine approval. No longer around EIGHT years.
After you have listed your medical and epidemiological qualifications and career achievments in the world of exploratory medicine could you please explain how "not taking the vaccine is many thousands of time more potentially dangerous to your health than taking it" to anyone other than those vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 and the associated illness Covid19. I guess your grasp of probability theory is also not quite up to scratch.
Helen Williams
Thursday 17th December 2020 at 3:39 pm
Dr Ahmed has kindly provided a l link to an ' information page' why don't you just read it
David Robinson
Thursday 17th December 2020 at 8:03 pm
Spot on Vince. The sooner we are all vaccinated the sooner there will be less deaths across this area and the whole country and we can start to get back to a normal life.

We have had 66,000 deaths so far in the country and 654 of those were in Cheshire East. This is not something we can ignore.
Vince Chadwick
Friday 18th December 2020 at 3:48 pm
Indeed David. Vaccines are the ticket out of this mess, but amazingly there is a small but highly vocal bunch of anti-vaxers and conspiracy theorists who spread fear and un-scientific false information on social media about vaccination.

Some just to try to undermine the science, others even claim that Bill Gates has ensured they contain micro-chips to control one's brain. Thankfully, the vast majority of folk who actually have a brain are not daft and will will ignore such drivel.

Here are the facts from the NHS. No doubt the tinfoil hat brigade will do their best to ridicule it:
Kathryn Blackburn
Friday 18th December 2020 at 9:28 pm
You mean information like there is no data that states vaccine will stop transmission of the disease. No data that states how long immunity will last for or how much immunity it will give. So you could be taking it every year or indeed every six months.
Information that states that no over 55 year olds were included in any of the 18 vaccine trials in order to gain a license in double quick time.
No evidence that the vaccine will stop anyone from dying with severe covid disease.
That it cannot be given to any women contemplating pregnancy or is pregnant.
That it will not be given to those with compromised immune systems
or that has ever suffered from any severe drug allergy.
That all the pharma company's have been given immunity from law suit and civil action should anyone suffer from an 'over-reaction' and contemplate suing - they can't.
The government here are limiting their indemnity to around £160,000 per claim.
Welcome to the Hotel California you can check in but you can't check out.
Sandra Cox
Saturday 19th December 2020 at 8:05 am
My understanding of the Covid vaccines is that the Oxford one is now doing trials on the over 55s but did not include them before.

The 55-85 age group made up 41% of the Pfizer trials with an excellent protection rate of over 90%.
Kathryn Blackburn
Saturday 19th December 2020 at 8:58 am
Efficacy and effectiveness are two entirely different animals.

The Pfizer vaccine had a reported efficacy of 90% in only 94 participants none of whom were over 55. In a trial consisting of over 44,000 individuals.

'None of the vaccination trials are designed to detect a significant reduction in hospital admissions, admission to intensive care or death. All set an endpoint of symptomatic covid : a lab positive plus mild symptoms - a cough' - BMJ 21.10.2020
Tony Haluradivth
Monday 21st December 2020 at 6:23 pm
Thanks Kathryn...interesting to note that.
(We have not been called yet for our jab).

The silence from Vince Chadwick on your interesting link is deafening. I always find that those who deride others (who wish to have all the unbiased facts at their disposal) as "antivaxers", and "tinfoil nutters" are like parrots. They cannot debate with reason or "savoir faire", cannot process the fact that there may be views contrary to their strongly held opinions and they do not understand nuance.
Vince Chadwick
Monday 21st December 2020 at 9:37 pm
Tony, I long ago learned not to engage with certain types of provocative poster. It's like mud wrestling with a pig; you just get covered in muck and the pig enjoys it.

Though I do disagree with much that you post, I regard you as a bit of a character and don't include you in that category.

As for 'silence', I have no need to re-state my stance on observing common sense guidelines (not too common among some, it seems) and calling out the false information spread by the small but vocal tinfoil hat brigade.

My sleeve rolled up ready.....
Tony Haluradivth
Monday 21st December 2020 at 11:03 pm
You are going to have a long wait Vince. They (Biontech vaccines) are stuck in a gridlocked queue in the back end of Zeebrugge. Tis' a shame as it also started so swimmingly (the vax rollout that is). Tiny Hancock's "faux tears and joy" such a heartwarming sight ;)

However if the chaos of most of the Government delivery systems witnessed during these exceptional times repeats itself, we are a mere hop and a skip away from some hapless soul lining up dutifully for part two of their Biontech jab and being unwittingly administered part one of the Oxford vaccine. (Due to come online shortly and also destined for chaotic transit via Flanders). Still as they say "that was the week that was" and "a week is a long time in politics". I wont come back on here and gloat as I am genuinely perturbed and it is no laughing matter.
Merry Christmas
Alan Brough
Tuesday 22nd December 2020 at 12:00 pm

I'm a little concerned to read that the Pfizer Biontech vaccine is held in a gridlocked queue in Zeebrugge.

I'm involved in international haulage and my company moves significant volume through the North Sea Ports - including Zeebrugge where we have a large terminal. I've just checked with my colleagues and there is no queue and sailings continue to operate more or less as normal.

I implored my colleague to "Check again - because Tony says there's gridlock" but he's adamant that there isn't.

Could you be mistaken?