All Harrogate district care homes to get vaccine this week


Jan 20, 2021
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All care home residents and staff in North Yorkshire will be given the coronavirus vaccine before the end of this week, health bosses said today.

Amanda Bloor, accountable officer at North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said officials expected to meet the target of January 24 set out in the organisation’s vaccination programme.

It comes as the government set a target of February 15 to offer vaccines to all those in high priority groups.

Ms Bloor told a press briefing of the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, a partnership of emergency agencies:

“I am pleased to say that thanks to the tremendous effort from all of our colleagues delivering the vaccination programme, we are on course to deliver vaccination to all care home residents and staff by the end of this week.”

She added that the goal would be met “where it is clinically safe to do so” and provided there is “no disruption this week to the scheduled supplies that we have got and that we are expecting”.

Ms Bloor said officials were also making “good progress” towards vaccinating all healthcare workers by the end of the month as well as the February target set by the government for all priority groups.

Nationally, 4.1 million people have received the vaccine so far.

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Of that figure, 633,837 people in the North East and Yorkshire have had the first dose and 71,332 the second dose.

No data for the amount of people who have been vaccinated specifically in the Harrogate district is currently available.

At the moment, vaccinations are being offered to those in the highest priority groups. Those over 70 are expected to receive invites to have their vaccine this week.

Vaccinations in the Harrogate district are being administered at the Great Yorkshire Showground. However, a mass vaccination hub opened on Monday in York, which offers jabs to those within a 45 minute distance.

Health officials have urged people in the Harrogate district and across North Yorkshire to be patient as they roll out the vaccine.

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