Torbay Hospital has received its first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer-BioNTech, just this morning. The hospital Is one of the latest hospitals to offer COVID-19 vaccination to the brave and hardworking frontline healthcare workers and staff. These people are at the highest risk to contract the virus.
Starting January 4, 2021, expert vaccinators in the hospital will be offering vaccine shots to any staff member that are at the highest risk of experiencing serious illness from COVID-19. However, they must follow the set priorities of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.
Once the highest risk members of the hospital have received a vaccine shot, the rest of the health and care staff will receive the vaccine. One of the first that got a vaccination on January 4 was Ian Currie, the Trust Medical Director. Mr. Currie was delighted to receive the vaccination as their main job is to visit various wards. This will allow him to keep staff and patients safe during work while also protecting himself and his family after the day is over.
Michelle Belle, the Mass Vaccination lead at Torbay Hospital has reported that they have a dedicated specialist team that is working hard in a controlled environment in the hospital. The team has started vaccinating most of the hospital’s most vulnerable staff and the surrounding local community.
The local people in the community are kindly asked to contact their hospital or practice to ask about vaccine appointments. The NHS themselves will contact you and your family when it is your turn to receive the vaccine.
Finally, a total of 16 vaccination centres are now up and running across Devon. This includes the Riviera Centre and Dawlish Community Hospital in Torquay. They are now serving multiple patients from over 100 GP practices.
Stay tuned to your local news for more updates on the COVID-19 vaccine situation.