As Knowsley continues to battle very high rates of COVID-19, thousands of residents have now received their first dose of the vaccine.
To date, more than 4,500 Knowsley residents have received their first dose and the roll-out of the vaccine is being accelerated in order to protect all of the Borough’s care home residents and staff.
To aid the swift roll-out, a new vaccination centre in Kirkby has also opened this week and a further centre in Halewood is expected to open next week.
Councillor Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Council’s Health and Social Care Cabinet Member commented:-
“I know how important the vaccination programme is for so many people. It is the light at the end of a very dark tunnel and hopefully, as we see more and more people getting vaccinated, our residents can start to see some positive way out of the COVID-19 crisis.
I think it is fair to say that we all want as many people as possible to be vaccinated as quickly as possible. Although the Council is not delivering the programme, we are doing all that we can to support Knowsley CCG to get our numbers up even higher in the coming weeks.”
Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is running the vaccination programme alongside the NHS Primary Care Network. Knowsley Council is supporting the CCG and making available Council buildings as vaccination centres. These sites are opening according to where the biggest population centres of the Borough are. Following the opening of centres in Huyton and Kirkby, the Council expects Knowsley CCG to open a new centre at The Hollies Community Centre in Halewood next week. This will serve the residents in the south of the Borough and ensure easy local access for appointments.
The Government has developed a comprehensive list to prioritise which groups of the community will receive the vaccine first. The list is designed to protect those in the community most at risk of COVID-19 and those who care for those individuals.
The priority list is as follows:-
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- All those 80 years of age and over and front-line health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- All those 65 years of age and over
- All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over
The top four groupings are those most urgently in need of the vaccine and the aim is to have everyone in these groups vaccinated by mid-February 2021.
Residents will be contacted directly – usually through their GPs – when it is their turn to be vaccinated. They will be provided with an appointment and only residents with appointments will be vaccinated.
Everyone is asked to be patient as this programme – the largest ever delivered in the UK – is rolled out.
In the meantime, you can get information about the COVID-19 Vaccination online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination.