Vaccination centres in Warwick district aim to reach 700 jab a day milestone - The Leamington Observer

Vaccination centres in Warwick district aim to reach 700 jab a day milestone

VACCINATION centres in Warwick district are aiming to reach a 700-jab per day milestone.

The Warwickshire Golf and Country Club in Leek Wootton is among those which has ramped up its vaccination programme to meet regional targets.

The move follows the news that Coventry and Warwickshire region ranked fourth in the UK for the most first doses given to those aged over 70.

The clubhouse is being used as Warwick and Kenilworth’s primary vaccination site – with a drive-thru available in the car park.

And clinic staff were praised by Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western who paid a recent visit.

Mr Western said: “It is a testament to the spirit in the local community that so many have applied to volunteer and help with the vaccine roll-out – helping save people’s lives in the process.

“I was extremely encouraged to meet such a well-organised and cohesive team with satisfied and relieved residents praising their experience at the centre.

“It is great to hear everyone over the age of 70 in Warwick has now been offered a vaccine.

“This is huge progress. But there is still much work to do.”

There is also a larger centre at Stoneleigh Park which caters to local patients and those from the wider region.

Health bosses say the centre has now offered a vaccine to every resident aged over 70 in the area, and they will hit their next target of 600 jabs per day over this week.

They are also aiming to ramp up to full capacity of more than 700 jabs a day if national vaccine supplies improve.

The site has administered more than 10,000 doses in total.

Over the coming weeks, staff are aiming to move to an 8am till 8pm working day – seven days a week.

The centre has recruited more than 75 volunteers while staff from five GP surgeries are managing the site.

It also offers home visits to those who are particularly vulnerable or who lack mobility – with up to 60 visits taking place every day.

Chiefs say all housebound patients will have been vaccinated in the next five days.

All residents at the care homes in the area have been vaccinated – aside from those at a few homes which have had virus outbreaks on their premises.

Mike Phillips who spoke to Mr Western after his jab said: “It’s really nice to get it done.

“I wasn’t too anxious before but I’m very impressed with the way it’s been organised.

“This is the first tick in the box.”


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