As Rutland achieves 20,000 second jabs of the Covid vaccines, the priority will begin to shift back towards routine healthcare.
Tomorrow’s vaccinations at the Rutland County Council offices in Oakham could be the last mass vaccination session held by the Rutland Primary Care Network. They began their first jabs just before Christmas 2020 and have now delivered over 42,000 vaccinations and, by Saturday, will have achieved 20,000 second injections. Over 75% of Rutland’s adult population are now fully vaccinated, including 93% of people over 50.
An alternative local provider is set to take over the remainder of the vaccinations from August as the Rutland team move back to general practice full time. Clinical Lead on the vaccination programme, Dr Hilary Fox, says that all practices across the country are being urged to make GP appointments their priority and they feel now is the right time for Rutland:
“The reason we’re doing this is because we’ve pretty well come to the end of this programme” Dr Fox says. “We’ve offered vaccinations now to everyone over 18, we’re not getting as many people in for their first vaccinations so now feels like the right time to move on to a different provider to finish off those last few second vaccinations.”