Over 37,000 people vaccinated at Woodchurch Leisure Centre
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16 Apr 2021
Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood has visited the Woodchurch Leisure Centre to meet the team delivering the Healthier West Wirral Primary Care Network Covid-19 vaccination programme.
Over 37,000 people have been vaccinated at the centre so far, with 93% of those eligible in priority groups 1-9 having taken up the offer. This includes people over 50 and those with health conditions that put them at higher risk of serious illness from Covid-19.
There are 600 people a day being vaccinated at Woodchurch Leisure Centre, and up to 4,000 a week. The centre is one of a number of GP-led vaccination sites in Wirral.
Local GPs who are part of the Healthier West Wirral Primary Care Network are contacting patients directly to invite them to attend Woodchurch Leisure Centre for a vaccination.
Residents who are eligible and have not yet been contacted by their GP service may also receive a letter from the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service inviting them to book an appointment online at one of the region’s mass vaccination centres at St Helens or Chester Racecourse.
However, people who receive such a letter do not have to take up this option if it is not convenient for them and can wait to be contacted by their GP to attend a vaccination centre closer to home, such as the one at Woodchurch Leisure Centre.
Vaccinations are by appointment only. Local GPs will soon be contacting patients in their 40s to invite them for a vaccination.
Margaret Greenwood praised the work of staff and volunteers saying:
"It's fantastic to see just how hard everyone is working to make sure that people in Wirral West are able to get the vaccine when they become eligible for it.
"It was a real pleasure to meet the staff and volunteers who are delivering this incredibly important vaccination programme.
"Most of the volunteers are retired doctors and nurses, some are medical students, and I even met a doctor who was spending his day off giving vaccines.
"Local volunteers are acting as stewards at the centre, and Wirral Council has given a tremendous level of support to make sure that the leisure centre is equipped to meet the needs of the programme.
"There is a real sense of commitment and determination to protect the people of Wirral West from Covid-19.
"People will be contacted by their GP and invited to attend for a vaccination when they become eligible for it.
"It's incredibly important that people get vaccinated so that they can protect themselves and those around them.
"I would encourage people to take up the offer of the vaccine when they are contacted."
For more information about the vaccination programme in Wirral, visit: https://www.wirralccg.nhs.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine/