Fleet COVID-19 local vaccination service launches

A new vaccination centre today (Wednesday, February 17) began delivering COVID-19 vaccines to Fleet residents.

The service at The Harlington welcomed its first visitors this morning, opening another front in the battle against coronavirus.

People in the 65-69 age group and those people aged under 65 who are classified as clinically at risk are being invited by their GP practice to make appointments at the new centre.

Jill ButcherRetired locSteve Butcheral government worker Jill Butcher and her husband Steve, a retired police dog handler, were among those who received their first dose of the vaccine at The Harlington. Jill said: “It’s fantastic. I’m very pleased that I’ve had it. It has been a taxing year, a real challenge.

Steve hailed the service as ‘excellent’ and ‘very efficient’. He said: “I had every confidence in what people were doing and I’m very grateful. I’m pleased that we seem to have found an escape route from a terrible situation for everybody.”

Retired vet Geoff Newman said: “I’m used to giving the injections but now the boot is on the other foot.” He described having a town centre service as ‘absolutely superb’. “I would have travelled for the vaccine but to get it here is a bonus,” he said.

Dr Nina Durasamy, Clinical Lead for the Fleet vaccination service, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to deliver vaccines to the people of Fleet with this service, provided right here in the town centre.

“We know that local people were keen to have a local service and we’re delighted to have been able to set this up. It has started really well and it’s clear from the reactions that we have been getting from people that the service is much appreciated.

“Setting this up has been a real team effort, involving the Fleet GP community, local authorities, the voluntary sector and local NHS and we’d like to thank everyone who has played their part and who will continue to support us over the coming months.”

The Harlington vaccination centre will provide further choice for residents in Fleet who are registered with Branksomewood Healthcare Centre, Fleet Medical Centre and Richmond Surgery.

The majority of Fleet residents in the initial four priority groups have now had their first vaccinations (care home residents and staff, front line health and care workers, clinically vulnerable patients and the over 70s, over 75s and over 80s) at a range of different vaccination services. Second vaccinations will be provided for Fleet residents at the same venue as they received their first dose.

The Harlington site will offer a service for the next waves of patients, who are being contacted by their GP practice to book appointments. Patients are also likely to receive a letter through the national booking service which gives them the ability to book a vaccination appointment at additional locations. People are asked to wait to be contacted by the NHS with an invitation to book their appointment and to only contact their GP surgery for an appointment if specifically advised to.

Designated free parking is available in the Gurkha Square car park for those attending their vaccination appointments.

Across the local area covered by North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG there are now five GP-led services and one pharmacy-led service.

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