Covid vaccines at work on the cards as Doncaster jabs roll out moves on

Doncaster residents could be set to get their coronavirus jab at work.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 4:36 pm

Officials are looking to take vaccines to places of employment as they target hard to reach groups as they continue to roll out the vaccine across the borough.

It will be part of a new model carrying out the injections as health officials try to get more people from hard to reach groups immunised, and comes at a time when a quarter of a million jabs have already been given in Doncaster

Anthony Fitzgerald, director of strategy and delivery at the Doncaster NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, told the organisation’s monthly governors meeting that the scheme would increase the number of ‘pop-up’ clinics it runs in the borough.

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Vaccine volunteers at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster

He said: “Somebody on Tuesday received the 250,000th dose of vaccine, across the whole of the Doncaster borough, when we add our first and second doses together. What that means overall, is 67 per cent of the adult population of Doncaster has received a first dose of the vaccination, and over 30 per cent now has received a second.

"That’s credit to all the staff and volunteers who are involved in the programme.

"The programme does continue apace and we are starting to adopt the model that people will see in Doncaster over the course of the next few months, which will be an increase in the number of pop up clinics. There will be a number of vaccinations from places of worship, we’ll see some vaccinations from areas of employment across Doncaster, and we will start to see some vaccination from individual practices as we start to pilot that model as well.”

But he said there had seen some vaccine slowdown in recent weeks, mirroring the national picture.

Doncaster carried out its first coronavirus vaccinations on December 15 last year, at a site on Thorne Road. In total, around 300 jabs were given on that day, as patients aged over 80 queued in the sunshine after their GPs had contacted them with their appointment details.

It rolled out its first pop up centres in March, when over 800 residents from all backgrounds used vaccination centres set up at Doncaster’s Belle Vue Mosque and the Gurdwara at Hyde Park over a single weekend.

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