The COVID-19 vaccine is now being delivered at various sites across the Fylde Coast.
The NHS locally, regionally and nationally are leading the work, but with significant support from Lancashire County Council, Blackpool council, the military, police and many more.
Clinics have now been launched at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a number of community sites run by GP practices within ‘primary care networks’. Primary care networks are groups of practices that work together in a local area and each has nominated a single site from which to carry out vaccinations. These clinics have been aimed primarily at those aged over 80. Networks that have already launched vaccinations clinics are:
- Lytham St Annes (Ansdell Medical Centre, Fernbank Surgery, Holland House Surgery, Old Links Surgery, Parcliffe Medical Centre, Poplar House Surgery)
- Blackpool Central (Bloomfield Medical Centre, Layton Medical Centre, Marton Medical Centre, Newton Drive Health Centre, Waterloo Medical Centre)
- Wyre and Fylde Rural Extended Network (Over Wyre Medical Centre, Garstang Medical Practice, Great Eccleston Health Centre, Ash Tree House Surgery, Kirkham Health Centre)
- Wyre Integrated Network (Beechwood Surgery, Lockwood Avenue Surgery, Queensway Medical Centre, The Village Practice)
- Blackpool Central West (Adelaide Street Surgery, Elizabeth Street Surgery, South King Street Medical, St Paul’s Medical Centre)
- Blackpool South (Abbey Dale Medical Centre, Arnold Medical Centre, Highfield Surgery, Stonyhill Medical Practice)
- Torentum (Thornton Practice, Cleveleys Group Practice, Crescent Surgery)
The remaining networks – Fleetwood and Blackpool North – will launch soon.
Please be assured that if you are over 80 and have not been contacted yet, or have a friend or relative who is still waiting, they will be offered a vaccine soon. All practices have drawn up lists of these patients, however the Pfizer vaccine comes in packs of 975, so it is not possible to vaccinate everyone at once and so some people have to wait slightly longer for the next batch to be delivered.
Vaccination clinics in the community are being run by a designated practice for each area. These practices are organising the administering of vaccinations to patients of all practices in their local area. This means when you are invited for your vaccination it may not be your own GP practice that contacts you, but the local vaccinations service.
The new Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine is being directed initially to people who are housebound or living in care homes, but with more vaccines now becoming available we are confident more people will be vaccinated quickly.
We would like to thank you for your patience at this time and ask that you do not contact local NHS services to book a vaccine. We will be in touch as soon as we possibly can. Thank you.
Information on the vaccine is available at Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine – NHS (www.nhs.uk).
See our highlights page for pictures and videos of people being vaccinated on the Fylde Coast.