Praise for 'really successful' Hartlepool and Tees Valley vaccination programme

Praise has been given by Tees Valley health bosses for the “really successful” vaccination programme in the area, including work to help hard to reach communities.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 10:48 am
Updated Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 10:50 am

Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) heard that, as of April 18, a total of 364,871 Covid-19 vaccinations had been delivered in the region, 83,585 of which were second doses.

Beckie Warden, CCG primary care commissioning lead, speaking at the latest Primary Care Commissioning Committee meeting, said: “I think it’s quite important to summarise where we’ve got to and the enormity of it.

“We’ve been supporting a number of temporary sites that have been proposed and established to offer vaccines in alternative locations such as mosques, housing providers and also other community venues.

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A coronavirus vaccination is given at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre.
A coronavirus vaccination is given at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre.

“We also continue to work with our local authorities to ensure the work around health inclusion continues at pace and to allow people to access a vaccine at a more suitable venue for them.”

David Gallagher, chief officer at the CCG, praised the findings presented and added the success of the vaccination roll out has been a community effort.

He said: “It’s done justice to the really hard work to get from a standing start just before Christmas to mobilise at the scale and the pace that’s had to be achieved.

“The whole community has really risen to the challenge here, so it’s something that we should look back on when we get out of Covid completely and be really proud of.”

Officers noted the vaccination rates in the Tees Valley for cohorts one to nine are slightly ahead of the North East average, at 86.5% compared to 85%.

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