Over 1,100 immunised as Covid-19 vaccination program launches in Wilmslow

Over 1,100 patients were immunised on first day of Covid-19 vaccination program at Wilmslow Health Centre.

Covid vaccinations started on Saturday, 9th January, as the first delivery of vaccine was deployed to Wilmslow.

As the delivery site for CHAW Primary Care Network, Wilmslow Health Centre hosted medical teams from Chelford Surgery, Alderley Edge Medical Practice, Kenmore Medical Centre, Handforth Health Centre and Wilmslow Health Centre, to start to the area's covid vaccination programme.

Dr Amar Ahmed, Partner at Wilmslow Health Centre, said "In the coming weeks, we hope to roll this out to the entire eligible population, starting with those most at risk.

"Wilmslow Health Centre remains indebted to the army of volunteers organised by James Bunker and Rev Kirsty Thorpe who, just as during the 1st lockdown, selflessly rose to the the challenge of recruiting and organising volunteers who did an amazing job in challenging conditions. Thank you all."

The mayor of Cheshire East, 81-year-old Councillor Barry Burkhill, had his vaccine this weekend at Wilmslow Health Centre. Barry said: "It was a well-oiled machine of organisation with many nurses and doctors administering the injections in different sections of the health centre.

"It is so important for everyone who receives either a phone call or letter from the NHS inviting them to attend for their jab, to accept and gain the protection from this vicious virus. It not only protects you but also helps to eventually stop the spread to others. I would urge everyone to have their vaccine jab when it is offered. It only takes a few minutes and is almost painless."

Medical teams and volunteers are now planning for next week as their second delivery of the vaccine is scheuled to arrive on Tuesday.

The next Covid vaccination clinics will take place on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

A spokesperson for Alderley Edge Medical Centre said "Text invites were sent out yesterday (Sunday, 10th January) and will be followed up by a phone call for non responders. Still working through over 80s. We will contact you, please don't ring the surgery. Thanks for your patience."

Photos: Dr Hunsley personally accepts the vaccine. Dr Amar Ahmed. Sister Jane Gaskell supported by Pauline Webb. Dr Alex Garvey of Alderley Edge Medical Practice. 



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

Pete Taylor
Sunday 10th January 2021 at 10:48 am
Great news- well done to all involved.
Keith Booth
Monday 11th January 2021 at 1:45 pm
I am pleased with the success of the first vaccination, however, I am over 80 live alone and registered with Kenmore, and live within 100yards of Wilmslow Medicsl Centre.
I received a letter asking me to register for vaccination ,I did this on NHS website and they offered me Manchester, Widnes or Birmingham.
I was be indebted if somebody could tell me how I can get the vaccination at Wilmslow.
Pete Taylor
Monday 11th January 2021 at 6:26 pm
Keith, I would give Kenmore a ring, they are usually very helpful. I would have thought that Kenmore would have registered you already for a vax at Wilmslow but give them a call.
Jonathan Follows
Tuesday 12th January 2021 at 10:19 am
For Keith, see https://www.england.nhs.uk/2021/01/hundreds-of-thousands-invited-to-new-nhs-vaccination-centres/

In summary, people aged 80 or over who live 30 to 45 minutes drive from one of the seven new sites are invited to book a vaccination at one of the new NHS vaccination centres.

If you want to be vaccinated as soon as possible, this will be the way to do it. But you don't have to take up the invitation.

"The invitations to attend are being issued to people aged 80 or over who are not listed as having been vaccinated at a hospital or GP service.

If they have received a jab since the letter was sent out or would prefer to wait to be invited to attend a hospital or GP service they can simply ignore it."

I have seen comment elsewhere that the letter sent out with the invitation is not clear on this point.
Keith Booth
Tuesday 12th January 2021 at 3:33 pm
Thanks for all help and advice, I will wait for contact from Kenmore to have vaccination at Wilmslow Medicsl Centre.
Keith Booth
Carol Chadwick
Wednesday 13th January 2021 at 4:13 pm
I am surprised there aren't sufficient vaccines being delivered that they can be given all day, every day. Not going to get through all those in the top four groups by mid February at this rate.
Mark Russell
Wednesday 13th January 2021 at 5:43 pm
It’s quite simple for me. All the most at risk inc care givers get the jabs during the day. Open up night time jabs to everyone else on a first come first served basis. That would guarantee the roll out 24 hours a day. A simple app to book slots at night would sort it out easy.
Vince Chadwick
Wednesday 13th January 2021 at 6:30 pm
The excellent BBC Radio Four program 'More or Less' this morning reckoned that at the current rate of progress it will be July before all the over 70s get vaccinated. We know that the government have already exaggerated 'test and trace' figures by claiming that tests sent out in the post are the same thing as 'tests done', well ‘More or Less’ wonder if something similar might apply to Johnson’s claim that “by the middle of February everyone over 70 will have been offered a vaccination”.

The weasel word is 'offered'. I thought this word might have been included because some will refuse the vaccine, and obviously that would not be the government's fault. 'More or Less', however, suggests another interpretation of ‘offered’. That is, on 14th February or thereabouts the government will send out a couple of million letters 'offering' a vaccination to all the over 70s who have still to be vaccinated…. Those vaccinations will be offered for vaccination dates in May and June.

There you go! All the over 70s will have been 'OFFERED' a vaccine before mid February even though it may be a further few months before they actually get the jab!

Given the government’s ‘previous’ on test and trace statistics, I think ‘More or Less’ may have a valid point. But I do hope not and that we do indeed see 24 / 7 roll out of the vaccine. It really is the only way out of this crisis.
Elaine Croft
Friday 29th January 2021 at 9:33 am
Good morning. Please can I ask why at 10am this morning 29 January 2021 the vaccination hub at Wilmslow health centre was like a ghost town when 2 weeks ago it was a busy health centre full of activity doing excellent work and claiming large numbers in the first day. I like other patients am in the 70-75 age range awaiting an appointment and hearing of many local friends in the same age groups and younger who have already been vaccinated. Has the hub been starved of vaccines ?? .
Jon Williams
Friday 29th January 2021 at 3:20 pm
Could be that they were trying to get on with normal Health Centre work