Posted on Friday 22nd January 2021
Leader of Staffordshire County Council, Alan White, has welcomed the announcement of a large community Covid-19 vaccination site in Tunstall.
From next week, eligible residents and key frontline health and care workers will be invited to receive their coronavirus vaccine at the North Staffordshire site which will be managed by Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT).
The news comes following the release of initial data from the NHS showing that more than 100,000 vaccinations have been delivered in the first five weeks in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Responding to the announcement and vaccine data, Alan said:
“Our NHS partners have been working tirelessly to deliver the Covid-19 vaccination programme across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, and this vaccination site will mean more eligible residents and frontline health and care workers are protected against the virus. This is fantastic news.
“Delivering the largest vaccination programme in NHS history is a huge task and there is still plenty of work to do. I want to thank everybody who has played their part in the rollout of the vaccine so far.
“This positive news comes at a particularly challenging time for people in the midst of a third national lockdown, but we cannot become distracted by this as it will be many months before we will see the benefits. This means it is more important than ever for people to keep following the rules, protect our most vulnerable and keep our health and care services functioning at this critical time.
“The national lockdown means we must stay at home as much as possible. If you do need to leave home for an essential reason such as work where you cannot work from home, please book a rapid test to check you are not carrying the virus. It is free, quick and has never been easier to book one.
“Finally, please do not contact the NHS about your Covid-19 vaccine as they will contact you when it is your time to receive it.”
People can find more information about the Covid-19 vaccine at: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Further information about booking a Covid test can be found at: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/testing