More than a thousand local patients and NHS workers received their Covid-19 vaccination on Saturday 9 January at Sturminster Newton Medical Centre.
Approximately 300 patients aged 80-plus from Gillingham Medical Practice were amongst the first in the area to be invited to receive their vaccination.
They included 80-year-old Andrew Tinsley from Wyke, Gillingham who said: ‘Everything was extremely well organised. I was kept well informed and was very pleased to be able to have my vaccination. I felt very safe with socially distanced seating whilst I waited for the 15 minutes after my jab and thought the whole set up was absolutely excellent.’
Dr Kathryn Mounde, was one of three partners from Gillingham Medical Practice who helped administer the vaccines on the day, said: ‘It was wonderful to get going with the vaccination program. Thank you to the patients for their understanding and for helping us to make it a positive day!
‘The gratitude of the patients was overwhelming. We look forward to seeing more of you over the coming weeks. An enormous thank you to our extraordinary team of invaluable volunteers who worked tirelessly all day. You are amazing!’
The practice staff will be visiting care homes in Gillingham this week to ensure both residents and staff can receive their vaccination. There are also further clinics for patients aged 80-plus taking place this week.
Gillingham Medical Practice stresses that residents should not call the surgery for an appointment. It will make contact as they are able, to invite people to attend.
‘The team is working tirelessly to contact eligible patients to arrange appointments as soon as they become available,’ said Karen Rhys, project manager at The Vale Partnership which includes Gillingham Medical Practice.
* It is possible that some people in the Gillingham area aged 80 or over may start to receive NHS letters asking them to book a Covid-19 vaccination at the mass vaccination site in Bristol.
Gillingham Medical Practice says anyone who would prefer an appointment closer to home should wait to be contacted by their GP surgery who will arrange one at their local hub at Sturminster Newton.