Top at-risk groups given Covid jab as over-70s targeted next

Top at-risk groups given Covid jab as over-70s targeted next

The Covid-19 vaccination roll out in Sutton Coldfield is moving swiftly with those in the most at-risk categories having received the jab.

Care home residents and the over-80s have been given the vaccination in the town, except those who are housebound, with the Sutton Coldfield Group Practice confirming all 22 care homes had been visited.

The practice, which is leading the vaccination effort in Sutton, said around 5,000 vaccinations had been carried out, with staff working six to seven-days-a-week to complete the top categories.

Next, the 70 to 79-year-old age group will be invited.

The practice has been using its Falcon Medical Centre site, which has been turned into a vaccination centre. Another 2,000 people are set to be vaccinated at the Falcon Lodge venue in the coming week.

From this weekend a second venue, Ley Hill Surgery in Mere Green, will be used to administer 2,500 vaccines.

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And there are plans for Birmingham Community Health Care Trust to visit housebound patients in the relevant age categories.

A total of 21 patients have not attended their appointment and anyone unable to make it was urged to phone in advance.

The Sutton practice, posting on Facebook said: “We have had another busy week vaccinating our patients and we’re proud to have vaccinated all 22 of Sutton Coldfield’s care homes for the elderly and the majority of care home staff with the remaining few being completed this coming weekend.

“We are now going down the age group 79-70 and have booked another 2,000 patients at Falcon Medical Centre for the coming week.

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“If you fall into this category, we will contact you very soon as we are rapidly working down the lists in the 79-70 age cohort.

“In addition, we will be doing another 2500 plus vaccines from Ley Hill Surgery this coming weekend taking this week’s target alone to nearly 5000 vaccinations

“Unfortunately, we did have 21 patients who did not attend their appointment. Please do let us know if you are unable to make your appointment so we can offer this slot to someone else who would like it.

“The current plan is for the Birmingham Community Health Care Trust (BCHC) to vaccinate patients that are housebound.

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“We have shared our list of housebound patients with the community team and they will be in contact to arrange a suitable time for them to come and visit to administer the vaccine.

“Please do not call us to arrange a vaccination. We will be calling you when the time comes for you to book in for the vaccination.”

Sutton Coldfield Group Practice gave reassurance to those invited to book an appointment at vaccination super hubs, like Millennium Point in Birmingham city centre.

It said: “We know some housebound patients are being invited to book an appointment for the vaccination at one of the super hubs – some being quite a distance from where they live.

“If any housebound patient receives such an invitation, please be assured they will still receive a call from BCHC in due course if they do not attend the super hub.

“Housebound patients do not lose their chance of vaccination by not going to Millennium Point.”

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