Cheshire East have today announced they are working with partners as they plan for the rollout out the COVID 19 vaccine in the area.
The first dose of the vaccine was given earlier today and will initially be given to those who are in the most vulnerable groups.
The vaccine has been developed in conjunction with Pfizer and Biontech and was cleared for use by the government Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency on December 2nd 2020
Dr Matt Tyrer, Director of Public Health for Cheshire East Council said:
The news regarding the vaccine is a significant turning point in our fight against the virus. I’m delighted that the vaccine can now be rolled out in a safe and effective manner across Cheshire East
This will be the largest scale vaccination programme that this country has ever seen. It will be a marathon over the coming months and by no means a quick sprint.
Cheshire’s health and care partners are working tirelessly to ensure a safe and effective delivery of the vaccine to the local population, initially to the most at-risk groups including over-80s, social care workers, care home workers and care home residents.
It’s important that those working on the front line in care homes are vaccinated in order to protect the many vulnerable and at-risk residents who they work tirelessly to look after, and the residents themselves are vaccinated.
Importantly, this does not mean that we can now stop social-distancing and wearing face coverings – our fight against Covid is not over – in many ways, this vaccine is the just beginning of our fightback.
We all must continue to remember to keep good hand hygiene, wear a face covering where appropriate and to keep a distance of two metres from other people.
Residents can support the roll out of the vaccine by following this simple guidance:
- You will be contacted when it’s the right time for you to come forward. Please don’t contact the NHS or your GP to seek a vaccine before then;
- When you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite and make sure you attend appointments when you arrange them; and
- Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will continue to help save lives.
Further information about the vaccine, including the answers to many frequently asked questions can be found on the NHS webpage.