Coronavirus vaccinations: What happened during week 1

On 17th December, the Government announced that more than 137,000 people in the UK have received the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the first week of the largest vaccination programme in British history.

The government has today released provisional figures which show at least 137,897 people received their first dose of the vaccine by the end of Tuesday 15 December. 108,000 people were vaccinated in England. The figures are provisional and subject to change. Formal statistics will be published every week from next week.

The majority of the vaccines have been administered to the over-80s, care home workers and NHS staff through more than 70 sites across the UK. GP-led centres started vaccinating patients this week in England and the roll out will expand to care homes soon. Over the coming weeks and months, the rate of vaccinations will increase as more doses become available and the programme continues to expand.

What’s happening in Calderdale?

Calderdale residents started to receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the borough on Thursday 16 December, as the rollout of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history gains further momentum.

Resham Bi, aged 83 from Halifax,  became the first person in Calderdale to receive the PfizerBioNTech vaccine at a Calderdale GP practice this morning (Tuesday 15 December), with further residents booked in throughout the rest of the week.

Calderdale Council’s Director of Public Health, Deborah Harkins, said:

“Vaccines are the most effective way of preventing people from getting serious infectious diseases I’m delighted that we’re beginning to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to people in Calderdale.

“I’d urge everyone to take up the vaccine when it’s offered – it’s safe, effective and our best protection against COVID-19. The vaccine is initially being offered to priority groups and will be available more widely as soon as possible. It’s important that people wait to be contacted, rather than contacting their local surgeries.

“The full rollout will take some time, so it’s important we all continue to do all we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The three big things to protect ourselves and our loved ones are – limiting our contact with others, wearing a face covering and isolating when needed.”

Staff at hospitals, GP practices and other healthcare settings are working hard to put in place safe processes to meet the tough logistical challenges of offering the vaccination.

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