Only a few hours ago, we wrote about the failure to rollout vaccinations in Ludlow and south west Shropshire. We wrote about the need to vax now. Lobbying has been going on behind the scenes as Tracey Huffer and myself, along with many medical professionals, have been pressing home the message of vax now.
The news just in is that the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group has given permission for vaccination to start in care homes in this area on Saturday. That must happen. It will now happen.
The emergency is becoming so great we can’t afford to waste a day. The virus doesn’t care about holidays and weekends. It thrives on them.
This is at last the start of what will be a lengthy rollout of vaccination using the two vaccines. How long deployment will be will depend on supply far more than it will depend on medical resources. Which vaccine will be used will be decided by clinical assessment and by supply. There is more than enough vaccine being produced to go around but we don’t yet know when most of us will get it.
Our understanding is that the Saturday vaccination in care homes will technically be a pilot. But the level of confidence locally among medical professionals is high. That means we are expecting a rollout to all south west Shropshire care homes in the next couple of weeks. This will be the Biotech Pfizer vaccine initially. Once the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine becomes available locally, that might become the main vaccine.
Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow East said a few moments ago:
“This is great news. We have a job to do in vaccinating the most vulnerable. The new Covid variant is spreading rapidly. That’s a threat to people in Ludlow and south west Shropshire who are older and more vulnerable than average. We have all been ready to get on this job but health managers have been too slow making decisions.
“We can’t afford any delays. Every day matters.
“We need local vaccination. Moving people around to get vaccinated just adds to the dangers.
“Medical staff are working flat out to the point of exhaustion. They want to vaccinate now to help their patients. That will also reduce the pressures on the health service in the coming months.”
Andy Boddington, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow North added:
“The needs of rural areas such as south west Shropshire are often not understood. There is an attitude that rural areas cannot gear up quickly and get on with an urgent job as quickly as urban centres do. That’s never been the case. We just work differently. Lots of small actions quickly add up to the level of action that can be provided by a hub in a major town. We know how to make rural life work. Our medical professionals in south west Shropshire can deliver this vaccination programme and just need the power to get on with the tackling one of the biggest health crises of our lifetimes.”