Over 170,000 people in central Lancashire have received the first dose of their Covid-19 vaccination

Over 170,000 adults in Chorley, South Ribble and Greater Preston have now received the first dose of their coronavirus vaccine since December 2020 as the vaccination programme continues to roll-out.

The first Covid-19 vaccinations administered by GPs in central Lancashire took place on 15 December 2020, and since then 8 Primary Care Network vaccination clinics have continued vaccinating eligible patients at pace.

Husband and wife Ernest and Doris Dalmedo were the first patients to receive the Covid-19 vaccination at their local clinic, with over 30,000 patients following in their footsteps at that venue alone. 

Dr Lindsey Dickinson, Chair and Clinical Leader, NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG said:

“This is an incredibly proud day for us and we would like to thank everyone who has been involved in supporting the Covid-19 vaccination programme. Without the hard work, dedication and commitment of a wide range of organisations and teams, working together, this tremendous achievement could not have been made possible.

“Whilst we celebrate this encouraging milestone, it’s important to remember to continue to follow the social distancing guidance even if you've had the Covid-19 vaccine.”

The programme is the largest vaccination programme in British history. Commenting on the high uptake level locally, Dr Sumantra Mukerji, Chair and Clinical Leader, NHS Greater Preston CCG said:

“Local services are working hard to ensure this protection is offered safely and conveniently. The response from our local communities in coming forward for appointments and receiving the vaccination has been wonderful.

“If you have received an invitation but have not yet come forward, we would urge you to do so as soon as possible, and if you are due to have your second appointment, please attend when invited. If you are not yet eligible, please remain patient, the NHS will contact you when it is your turn.”

Vaccines are being delivered at GP-led vaccination centres, hospital hubs, pharmacy-led vaccination centres, mass vaccination sites, care homes and to housebound residents across the three areas.

Now, anyone who is eligible but has not been vaccinated and would like to, is being urged to book their appointment to receive the life-saving coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible through their local GP or the national booking service.

Anyone who:

  • Is aged 50 and over
  • Is at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • lives or works in care homes
  • is a health and social care worker
  • has a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • has a learning disability
  • is a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

can find their nearest site and book through the dedicated NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or by calling 119.