The GP Covid-19 vaccination programme for over 80s has started! It kicked off today at Killay Medical Centre with 100 patients booked in for their first dose at a special Saturday clinic.
Among the first to get it was 82-year-old Marcia Sturk, who said: “I was happy to take advantage of the opportunity to get my vaccination, not just to protect myself, but to protect others too.”
There are around 1,800 patients aged over 80 on the surgery’s list alone, and across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, the total number of people aged 80+ is approximately 24,000.
All 49 GP practices in Swansea Bay have signed up to deliver the first Covid-19 vaccination to the patients in this age group. The plan is to get around them all with a first dose of the vaccine in the next few weeks.
The surgeries will be contacting patients directly, by telephone or letter, to arrange an appointment, so please DO NOT ring them yourselves, as staff need to get on with their work. And remember, the vaccination is free, so we will never ask you for any bank or financial details (beware of scammers.)
Killay Medical Centre’s Dr Chris Johns said he was delighted to begin vaccinating his patients.
“We are very pleased to be involved and begin these vaccinations. It feels like it’s been a long time coming, but we’ve started at last.
“We will be vaccinating 100 people today and as well as holding special clinics in the surgery we are also looking at using some community venues as well to help us get around everyone.”
“I also want to remind patients that even when they get their vaccination, it’s important to keep on taking social distancing precautions.”
Appointments have started going out from GP practices across Swansea Bay, and from next week many more surgeries will begin vaccinating.
Vaccinations are also well underway in care homes in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.
There are nine priority groups for the vaccine, and we hope to have covered the first four (below) by the middle of February:
Again a reminder – please DO NOT ring your surgery or our hospitals. You will receive an invitation directly when your turn comes. Vaccinations will be delivered at a variety of venues: at a hospital, GP surgery, community building, in your home (if you are housebound) or at one of our mass vaccination centres which are opening. You will get full details of your appointment when you are contacted.
We will be updating again shortly with more information about the vaccination roll out in Swansea Bay.