Every jab gives us hope that we can move on from the pandemic

As the country marks the anniversary of the first Covid jab being given, three sites from the district are recognising their achievements in delivering 140,000 vaccines to people across the district.

Emily Street Mosque and Silsden Medical Practice in Keighley have recently passed 100,000 vaccines between the two sites run by Modality Partnership and Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has seen it pass the 40,000 mark.

These figures cover all vaccines from first, second and booster doses as well as third primary doses for those that are immunosuppressed.

The NHS Covid Vaccination Programme for Bradford District and Craven continues to drive up vaccination rates while looking to actively engage with communities and people who want further reassurance before coming forward to get vaccinated.

As the Government steps up efforts for the booster programme, local health and care professionals are encouraging people to get themselves protected. The NHS is to offer everyone eligible for their booster jab a dose by the end of January. Each group will be contacted when it is their turn to get vaccinated, with more newly eligible groups set to be called forward to book through the National Booking Service when the UK Health Security Agency updates the Patient Group Directive, allowing more people to get their booster.

Phillipa Hubbard, Joint Senior Responsible Officer for the NHS Covid Vaccination Programme for Bradford District and Craven and Director of Nursing, Professions and Care Standards for Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We want to say thank you to every single person who has been involved in this momentous achievement – from health and care colleagues through to our volunteers.

“Thanks to your effort we are able to continue our efforts to protect our communities. We know that all our clinics have been working exceptionally hard to offer as much flexibility as possible so that people can get vaccinated.”

Victoria Pickles, Director of Corporate Affairs and Deputy Chief Executive from Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, added: “As well as recognising our colleagues who have been delivering the vaccination service at Airedale Hospital, I’d like to say thank you to all those who have come forward to get their vaccine.

“Every jab gives us hope that we can move on from the pandemic. If you’ve not yet had yours, it’s not too late – please do the right thing.”

Lois Brown, Multi Site Practice Manager for Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Modality Partnership, commented: “Our health and care partnership for Bradford District and Craven has a strong ethos that we refer to as Act as One. Our work on the roll out of the vaccination programme is a real demonstration of this.

“Acting as one goes beyond health and care services and includes how we link in with and involve our local communities and community groups.

“With thanks to our partners at Emily Street Mosque we have been able to bring the vaccine programme into the heart of the community as well as achieving many firsts. This includes the first ever women’s only clinic earlier this year.

“In addition we have also run 30 pop up vaccination centres in various locations including community centres, shopping centres and churches over the year.”

The local vaccination programme is reminding those who may have previously said no that it is ok to change their minds and find a vaccine clinic near them so that they can have their first dose. Unlike the booster vaccine, people do not need to wait to be contacted with many walk-in clinics across the district. People can find their nearest one by visiting www.bit.ly/VaccineWalkInClinic