HealthCovid: Inside Oakley Road vaccine centre in Southampton

Covid: Inside Oakley Road vaccine centre in Southampton

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PEOPLE’S well being might be put in danger if individuals do not get jabbed for Covid this Christmas season.

That is the warning from public well being bosses because the NHS makes a last push to ship 5 million Covid vaccines inside two years in a bid to maintain our native communities protected.

Customers have been warned that being in a crowded store means they are going to possible “stumble upon somebody with Covid”. 

This week, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight vaccine programme delivered a complete of 4.9 million vaccines inside the group. 

Individuals are being urged to guard themselves and their family members this Christmas, and assist the NHS attain its 5 million Covid vaccine goal.

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The group is set to rejoice its two-year anniversary on December 8. 

The primary vaccine was delivered at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, by Chief Nurse Liz Rix, to 99-year-old Mr Tibbs.

On December 12, the Oakley Street vaccine hub in Millbrook will shut its doorways for good. 

Dr Matt Nisbet is the medical lead for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Covid vaccine programme. 

Daily Echo: Dr Matt Nisbet, clinical lead for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Covid vaccine programmeDr Matt Nisbet, medical lead for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Covid vaccine programme (Picture: NHS)

He stated: “We’re about 100,000 vaccines off having given 5 million vaccines over the 2 years of the programme. 

“I believe Christmas is a little bit of a time the place a variety of us need assistance and the NHS is asking for individuals’s assist. 

“The factor that individuals can do to assist us is to come back ahead and take up the supply of the vaccine.

“It can assist us get to the 5 million, which will probably be good, and it’ll additionally assist shield ourselves, our households, and all the companies that we depend on.” 

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Sharon Hackett, a shift chief on the Oakley Street vaccine centre described her group as “wonderful and cohesive”. 

Daily Echo: Sharon Hackett (front left), shift leader at the Oakly Road vaccine centre, with the team.Sharon Hackett (entrance left), shift chief on the Oakly Street vaccine centre, with the group. (Picture: Every day Echo, Emily Liddell)

“Everyone simply comes collectively, everyone knows our jobs and our roles, we simply match into it,” she stated. 

“It is virtually turn out to be like a household.

“It’s unhappy that it is all coming to an finish however main care networks will probably be selecting it up in the neighborhood. 

“This implies the service will probably be nearer to the place individuals reside, we do not actually need the massive hubs anymore, we must be again in the neighborhood.”

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She added: “It is so vital to get your first and second jab as a result of it’s worthwhile to be sure you have that main response. 

“Covid remains to be round, it is going to keep round.

“If you have not bought any defence round it, it might turn out to be a major an infection to you.

“You might have no signs however a member of your loved ones would possibly get it and get it fairly severely. 

“It is about defending your self, your loved ones, and the group you reside on this Christmas.”

John and Hillary Turner, a retired couple from Shirley, went to get booster jabs this week. 

Daily Echo: Hillary and John Turner, a retired couple from Shirley, came to get the booster jabs. Hillary and John Turner, a retired couple from Shirley, got here to get the booster jabs.  (Picture: Every day Echo, Emily Liddell)

John acquired his fifth dose and Hillary acquired her fourth.

Hillary, 74, described the service as “wonderful”. 

John, 80, stated that the service was “as anticipated” including that the workers are “nice and useful”. 

John added that getting a vaccine is “widespread sense”. 

“We have got to reside with this sickness,” he stated.

“The extra assist we get from the medical aspect of the enterprise the higher actually.

“It can make life less complicated and extra simple.

“You do not have to fret about it and you are not passing on nasty issues to all people else.”

This Christmas, Southampton residents are being urged to maintain protected and take additional care within the winter months. 

This contains opening a window when attainable if gathering inside, sporting a masks in busy areas, and utilizing hand sanitiser usually. 

College Hospital Southampton was caring for 66 coronavirus sufferers as of Wednesday, figures present.

Nonetheless, the director of public well being for Southampton, Dr Debbie Chase, stated that Covid instances within the space are beginning to drop.

Daily Echo:  Dr Debbie Chase, Director for Public Health Dr Debbie Chase, Director for Public Well being (Picture: SCC)

She stated: “About one in 40 individuals for the time being have Covid within the south east area.

“In case you’re going right into a crowded store in Southampton, the probabilities are you are going to stumble upon somebody who has bought Covid for the time being.

“It is actually vital that individuals do every part they’ll to guard themselves towards Covid as we go into the winter.”

She added: “One of the best ways to guard your self this winter is to get vaccinated.”

Dr Chase says that flu instances are climbing within the space. 

She is urging everybody to get vaccinated and take precautions.

Residents will have the ability to get their vaccines at their GP surgical procedure or native pharmacy following the closure of the key hubs. 

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight COVID-19 vaccination helpline can assist with discovering the closest clinics, getting data in different languages resembling Polish, Arabic, Chinese language, Bengali and extra, in addition to sharing the most recent data on eligibility. 

To contact the helpline, name 0300 561 0018 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1pm at weekends.

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