David Walker finishing his shift as darkness fell on opening day at new vaccination centre in Oswestry
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Vaccination rollout gathers pace

Vaccinations are being rolled out at a good pace with more centres coming on stream. Over 200,000 people in the county have now been vaccinated, pushing us closer to half of the population. The Shropshire Star has also reported that over 50 year olds vaccinations will be starting next week. As an Asthmatic I had my vaccination a few weeks ago. My GP surgery rang me up to see if I could make an appointment the same day. It is important that we all take up the offer if we get the call. After all, none of us are safe until we are all safe.

David brandishing his vaccination card outside the Orthopaedic
David brandishing his vaccination card outside the Orthopaedic

Earlier this week I had my first shift as a volunteer at the new vaccination centre in Oswestry. The centre is based at the Spring Lamb Centre on Shrewsbury Road. The centre is open from 8am to 8pm is run by Day Lewis pharmacy and the NHS. Vaccinations are by appointment only. Volunteers are helping clinicians be helping to process patients through the centre. Vaccinations are complimenting other centres. It was great to help people and great atmosphere. There were 140 appointments on day 1… One every 5 minutes. As the routine improves more ‘lanes’ will open and 600-700 vaccinations will happen a day.

David Walker during his shift on opening day at new vaccination centre in Oswestry
David Walker during his shift on opening day at new vaccination centre in Oswestry

Need to move your vaccination appointment? Call 119

I was staggered that 3 people didn’t turn up for their appointments on the first day, for something so important. If you need to alter an appointment it can be easily done by simply ringing 119. Vaccinations doses can’t be help held over. It means a mad scramble to find somebody else at the end of the day or the dose goes in the bin. Please turn up for your appointment or move it if you can’t. Doses are too important to throw away.

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