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Gloucestershire passes 100,000 vaccinations landmark

Gloucestershire health chiefs remain confident of hitting the mid-February deadline to give vaccinations to the most at-risk groups after hitting a major milestone.

More than 100,000 people in the county have received their first dose of coronavirus vaccine, keeping Gloucestershire on course to reach the top four priority groups by February 15.

Latest figures showed Gloucestershire was the only area in the country to have provided at least one dose to more than 90 per cent of over-80s.

NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group clinical chair Dr Andy Seymour said: "It seems that every few days our remarkable vaccination teams hit another important COVID-19 vaccination milestone.

"Behind each of these numbers is a person they are helping to protect."

He continued: "This remarkable effort should in time also help to relieve some of the intense pressure on the NHS and bring some normality back to everyday life.

"Due to the amazing team effort right across Gloucestershire, we are making great progress in vaccinating the over-70s, including the housebound, very high-risk patients, health and care staff and GPs have now provided vaccinations in every older people's care home in the county."

The county's NHS set up the Edward Jenner Vaccination Hospital Hub at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and a network of 10 GP-led community vaccination centres and mobile services in December.

Additional staff and community vaccination services have been established in recent weeks.

Professor Steve Hams, chief nurse at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and senior responsible officer for the Gloucestershire COVID-19 Vaccination programme, said: "These achievements and the continuing progress being made in the county is truly staggering and it's great credit to all those involved - their hard work and selfless approach are making this all possible.

"In addition to the fantastic achievements of our primary care network-led community vaccination services, we were also able to celebrate the wonderful efforts of our hospital vaccination teams as we passed 20,000 health and care staff vaccinations.

"As well as the health and care professionals who have been leading the vaccination programme, we would also like to pay tribute to the great many volunteers who are supporting the One Gloucestershire effort and making a big difference."

He continued: "We know that people are thinking of family members and many people in the other top priority groups are keen to receive their first doses of the vaccine.

"Please wait for the NHS to contact you - we will get to you as quickly as possible."

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