Aldersley Leisure Village goes live as Covid-19 vaccination site

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Aldersley Leisure Village has been transformed into a Covid-19 vaccination site, and medical staff began delivering the life-saving jab to patients yesterday (Monday 1 February, 2021).

With the City of Wolverhampton Council-run leisure centre currently closed because of the national lockdown, the council has worked closely with Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group to enable it to play a key part in the vaccination programme. Those most at risk are being offered the vaccination first, and it will be rolled out to other groups in order of age and risk over the coming weeks and months. For details of the priority list, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus. The NHS will contact people when they become eligible for the vaccine; people should not contact their GP or pharmacy.

Among those getting their vaccine yesterday was Delroy Annon who said: "I didn't feel it at all, and I would advise anyone to take it because it could save your life - that's why I've taken it, so I can live a bit longer!”PCN COVID 19 ALDERSLEY 6

Manjit Singh, 40, from Blakenhall, accompanied his father Surinder along to Aldersley for his vaccine. He said: "I have brought my dad here because it's good for his health and I am asking everyone to get their vaccine."

Councillor Ian Brookfield, Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council, said: "Aldersley Leisure Village has already played an integral role in our fight against coronavirus, firstly as a food distribution hub during the lockdown last spring, and secondly as a drive-through test site. We are very happy to make the centre available again, this time to help with the vaccination drive.

"We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get their vaccine as and when they are invited to do so, and Aldersley Leisure Village benefits from ample parking and good public transport links. The size of the building means we will also be able to upscale the number of vaccines that can be delivered from this site as and when required.

“This is a perfect example of what we can do together as a city to get as many vaccines done as quickly as possible, because the quicker we do it the quicker we can get back to some sort of normal life. Speak to your doctor, your GP, a nurse, a friend who works for the NHS; they'll tell you why it is important to have the vaccine, so when it is your time please don’t miss out.”

Dr Kam Ahmed, local GP and Primary Care Vaccination Lead for Wolverhampton, said: “Through integrated working with Wolverhampton CCG, local GPs and the City of Wolverhampton Council, we are now able to consolidate vaccine delivery sites and stand up a larger site which will allow us to work more efficiently and effectively. It will also ensure that we can increase footfall and our ability to roll out the vaccine as quickly as possible. We want to make it clear that vaccination alone doesn’t make the infection rates go up or down, it’s also about making sure that people maintain ‘Hands, Face, Space’ and lockdown rules. What we do want to do is defeat Covid by following social distancing and ensuring that you get your vaccine. We can help by ensuring that the vaccine is rolled out as quickly as possible to the residents of Wolverhampton.”

Alderley joins seven other sites in Wolverhampton which are currently delivering the Covid-19 vaccine. Mass vaccination sites have also opened at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley and Millennium Point in Birmingham.

There are three ways to get the Covid-19 vaccine in Wolverhampton. Eligible patients may be contacted by their GP to attend a local GP-led vaccination service, such as that at Aldersley Leisure Village, they may be invited to have their vaccine at a mass vaccination site, such as the Black Country Living Museum or they may receive the vaccine at a Hospital Hub, after a hospital stay or when attending for other appointments.

All the vaccines currently available have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus. Further details of the lockdown restrictions currently in place, and the answers to frequently asked questions, are available at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/covidalert.

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19, which include a fever, a new continuous cough or a change to the sense of taste or smell, must immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or calling 119.

Aldersley Leisure Village is the latest site to become a vaccine service in Wolverhampton

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Aldersley Leisure Village will begin to support local GPs to deliver their vaccination services from tomorrow. The site, which has been approved by NHS England & Improvement, will give additional capacity and improved flow of patients receiving their Covid-19 vaccination.

Dr Salma Reehana, Clinical Chair, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We hope that, by delivering the vaccine at sites such as Aldersley Leisure Village, the opportunity to have the vaccine is accessible to our most vulnerable population. We're working with our GPs and partners to ensure that we can vaccinate those with most need as outlined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. We will be in touch with those eligible for a vaccine as soon as we have appointments available – there’s no need for people to contact their pharmacy or GP – and I'd encourage people to step forward when they’re asked to do so because this is our opportunity to protect ourselves and each other.”

Remember to continue following rules after having Covid-19 jab

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People who have received their Covid-19 vaccine are reminded that they must continue to follow the lockdown rules afterwards.

Thousands of people in Wolverhampton have now received their first jab. The first dose should give the recipient good protection from Covid-19 after two or three weeks, but they require the second dose, given between three and 12 weeks later, to receive longer lasting protection.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "It's fantastic news that the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine is going so well in Wolverhampton – and as soon as you receive your invitation, I’d urge you to make sure you book your appointment. The vaccine will reduce your chances of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19 and should also reduce the risk of you catching or passing on the virus to others. Getting vaccinated is of course something to celebrate, but it's really important that once you've had your jab, you continue to follow the rules that are in place to stop the spread of Covid-19, to protect yourselves and others and to bring the infection rate down. So please remember to follow the lockdown guidance, stay home as much as possible, practice social distancing, wear a face covering and wash your hands carefully and frequently."

Black Country Living Museum supports NHS by becoming a Covid-19 Vaccination Centre

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The Black Country Living Museum has been chosen as a vaccination centre to serve the people of the West Midlands as part of the Government’s roll out of the UK coronavirus vaccine programme.

As a well-known landmark close to good transport links, BCLM proved to be a strong choice to support the work of the NHS in delivering the vaccine to the local community. The vaccination centre at BCLM is operational from today 25 January, with people most at risk of complications from COVID-19 being invited first. This Vaccination Centre compliments the GP led vaccination services already running locally with people being sent letters from the National NHS Booking Service to access this and other Centres.

Move to Recruit New CCG Lay Members

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Dudley, Sandwell and West Birmingham, Walsall and Wolverhampton CCGs are merging on 1 April 2021 to form the Black Country and West Birmingham CCG. This will be the culmination of our work to establish a strategic commissioning voice across the Black Country and West Birmingham.

The CCGs are looking for candidates for Lay Person and Secondary Care Clinician representatives. To find out more, or if you are interested in applying please click on the links below.

Lay Members:  Lay Member (jobs.nhs.uk)

Secondary Care Clinician:  Secondary Care Clinician (jobs.nhs.uk)

Three ways to get your vaccine in Wolverhampton

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There are now three ways to get your COVID-19 vaccine as the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history continues locally.

In Wolverhampton, people may be contacted by their GP to attend a local a local GP led Vaccination Service, who are also vaccinating patients in care homes and who are housebound, receive an invite letter in the post to have the vaccine at a Vaccination Centre, or receive the vaccine at a Hospital Hub after a hospital stay or when attending for other appointments.

From this week, people who are eligible and live near to one of the new vaccination centres may receive a letter from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how they can book their appointment. If you receive the letter from the national service and can travel to the Vaccination Centre safely, we recommend that you book using the details the letter provides.

However, if you are unable or don’t want to go to a Vaccination Centre, you can choose to wait and get your vaccination at your local GP service when they invite you. If this is your preferred option, there is no need to do anything, just wait to be contacted by your GP, please don’t call your GP Practice.