Covid-19 vaccine “is the hope we need”, says grateful recipient

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The first patient to receive her Covid-19 jab at Wolverhampton's latest vaccination site has expressed delight at being able to have it.COVID 19 VACCINE 3

Kathleen Wynn, 91, was vaccinated on Friday morning at Alfred Squire Medical Centre in Wednesfield, one of several primary care centres across the city which, together with New Cross Hospital, are acting as vaccination sites.

She said: "I think this vaccine is a really good thing. It will be great to be able to see my sister and grandchildren again and it is the hope we need in 2021."

Her daughter Helen Shaw added: “We know that we all need to continue to be careful but getting mum vaccinated against Covid-19 gives us the hope that we can get our lives back as a family. It means so much to us all to not have to worry so much."

COVI9 19 VACCINE 2Nurse Rhonda Boden, who administered Kathleen's jab, said: "It is so important to get your Covid-19 vaccine when you are invited in. We are here for you, and it is great to see so many of you getting the protection you need; your thanks is all we need to keep going and we are very grateful for your support."

Roll out of Covid-19 vaccine continues across city

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The roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine is continuing in Wolverhampton – with people urged to get theirs as soon as they are invited to do so.

The vaccine is currently available to people in the first priority group – people aged 80 and over, care home residents and staff and health care workers at high risk – and will be rolled out to others based on factors such as their age and risk in the near future. The vaccine is being delivered from New Cross Hospital and a number of primary care sites. All GPs in Wolverhampton are linked to the primary care sites, and will offer the vaccine to patients as they become eligible.

Please note, people will be contacted by the NHS when they are able to have the vaccine; there is no need to call their GP or pharmacy. For details of the priority list, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Vaccination centres capable of treating large numbers of patients will be established across the region in the coming weeks as further supplies of the vaccine become available, and it will also be offered at community pharmacies; further details will be confirmed in due course.

Rollout of Oxford/AstraZeneca Vaccine underway across the Black Country and West Birmingham

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Roll out of the new Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is underway from today across the Black Country and West Birmingham making it easier to protect care home residents and other vulnerable people against Covid-19.

The vaccine is being delivered by a number of PCN Vaccination Services to patients in local care homes. Unlike the Pfizer vaccine, the first to be approved, the Oxford vaccine does not need to be stored at ultra-low temperatures and is much easier to move, making it easier to use in care homes and to vaccinate patients who are housebound. The vaccine will also be available from Vaccination Centres capable of treating large numbers of patients in the coming weeks when further supplies of the vaccine become available, as well as community pharmacies; further details will be confirmed in due course.

Liz delighted at inclusion in New Year Honours for COVID-19 work

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A primary care nurse advisor from NHS Black Country and West Birmingham has been included in the New Year Honours List for her contribution to patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Liz Corrigan is General Practice Nursing Professional Lead for the Black Country and West Birmingham Sustainability and Transformation Partnership and has worked in various nursing roles in the local area over the last 25 years.

First patients in Wolverhampton Care Homes get COVID-19 Vaccine from local GPs

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Vaccination Services across the Black Country and West Birmingham went live yesterday with vaccines in Wolverhampton care homes Newlyn Court Nursing Home and Belvidere Court Nursing Home in Bilston, Wolverhampton following a successful start vaccinating PCN sites last week (14 December). Today saw the turn of residents at Lime Tree Court to receive their vaccine.Lime Court vaccinations covid1

Care home residents and staff are being prioritised along with people aged 80 and above in the first phase of the vaccination programme, the biggest in NHS history.

Dr Raj Mohindroo, vaccinating GP said today, “Primary Care in Wolverhampton has had a fantastic start to its largest ever vaccination programme in the City. GPs and other primary care staff have well established relationships with care homes and people in their local areas. I feel privileged to be administering the vaccine today to some of the city’s most at-risk residents, ensuring they are protected from coronavirus. I am looking forward to coming back in 21 days to administer the second vaccine, as it’s vital that once everybody has had their first jab, that they have a follow up appointment for the second.”

Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs appoint Chair Designate to support merger application

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Dr Salma Reehana has been appointed by the four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) - Dudley CCG, Walsall CCG, Wolverhampton CCG and Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG, as Interim Chair Designate for the future Black Country and West Birmingham (BCWB) CCG.

The Chair Designate role is an interim position to lead the recruitment to the new CCG Governing Body and support the planning for the start of the Black Country and West Birmingham CCG on 1 April 2021. Current CCG Chairs remain in their role until 31 March 2021.

Dr Salma Reehana, said today, "I am really pleased to be appointed as the Chair Designate for Black Country and West Birmingham CCG. There is a lot of work to do before April and one of the first steps is to get the foundation strong for the new CCG to function. I will be working very closely with the existing Chairs and the Executive team to get this right and am very pleased to be working with such a fantastic team of people who have worked so hard during extremely difficult times in getting us to where we are now.”