Covid vaccine centre set up in Jacob’s Well car park in Bradford

THE first buildings have been lifted into place at a Bradford city centre vaccination site on the day the Prime Minister revealed a new Army-led Covid vaccine distribution plan.

Work has started apace at the Jacob’s Well car park which has been closed off to the public with temporary buildings lifted into place at the site today.

It is one of four large vaccination centres being set up across West Yorkshire.

These temporary buildings will be located on the site where staff will dispense the vaccine but no start date for the vaccination centre has been announced.

But only those people who have been invited by letter or by a message from their GP practice should turn up for vaccination.

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More care home residents and vulnerable people in Bradford District & Craven will be offered protection against Covid-19, as the new Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine starts to be rolled out to GP centres.

District GPs are working together to provide vaccinations to as many care home residents and patients aged 80 as possible.

In Bradford district & Craven all 10 primary care networks are now providing vaccinations from centres. The Oxford vaccine does not need to be stored at ultra-low temperatures and is much easier to move so is easier to use in care homes and will mean GPs can now start vaccinating housebound patients.

The local NHS is working to expand the rollout as quickly as supplies become available.

In the coming weeks, the first community pharmacies will be starting to offer vaccinations.

At the moment, GPs are offering vaccinations to people aged 80 and over and care home residents and will then move to other age groups in descending order.

Dr James Thomas, GP and clinical chair, NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “It is great news that we will be able to protect more vulnerable people.

We are working with partners in Bradford District & Craven to make sure people can get their first vaccination as quickly and easily as possible and are ready to expand the rollout as fast as supplies become available

“GPs, nurses, pharmacists and countless other staff, partners and volunteers are working around the clock to provide vaccinations.

“We know people are eager get protected and may be concerned if they are in one of the priority cohorts and have not been contacted yet.

“However, we would like to reassure them that they will be contacted over the next few weeks.

“Services are extremely busy at the moment and we would ask people to help the NHS at this very difficult time by not contacting their local GP or other NHS services about getting a vaccination.

“People will not be able to book an appointment until they have been invited to do so, so please be patient and we will contact you as soon as it is your turn.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Prime Minister Boris Johnson during today's Downing Street press conferencePrime Minister Boris Johnson during today’s Downing Street press conference

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson said hundreds of thousands of doses of vaccine per day could be given by the middle of this month.

The Army will use “battle preparation techniques” to keep up the pace of Covid-19 vaccine rollout across the UK, with hundreds of thousands of doses per day administered by the middle of this month, Boris Johnson has said.

Boris Johnson said almost 1.5 million people have now been vaccinated against the disease and the Government intends to give everyone in care homes a jab by the end of January.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, the Prime Minister said people had a right to know how quickly jabs could be rolled out and stressed the NHS was ready to administer vaccines as quickly as they could be supplied.

The Telegraph &Argus asked how many people had been vaccinated so far in the Bradford district, but NHS England could not provide an answer. No further Covid-19-related hospital deaths have been reported yesterday in Bradford.

It means the total number of reported hospital deaths in the Bradford district, according to the latest NHS figures, remains at 654 – 464 at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 188 at Airedale and two at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust yesterday warned of a text message scam circulating asking people to follow a web-link to book a Covid-19 vaccination.

The trust tweeted: “Please be extra vigilant and remember: The NHS will never ask for payment for the vaccine or your bank details.”

Meanwhile, a Keighley care home described its residents and staff receiving the vaccine as “a major turning point” following a hugely challenging year.

A team of two doctors and four nurses from the Modality GP Partnership spent a day at Herncliffe, in Spring Gardens Lane, administering the Covid-19 vaccine.

All 87 residents, together with 25 members of staff, were vaccinated.

“We await news of a further visit to vaccinate all the remaining staff,” said John Kennedy, for the home.

“This was a major turning point for us after what has been a very challenging year.

“Despite the vaccination programme, we will be continuing with weekly Covid testing to enable admissions to the home to take place safely and to protect existing residents and staff from the virus.”

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