Vaccination centre staff in Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth say they are on track as they aim to reach a 700-jab per day milestone.
Matt Western, MP for Warwick and Leamington, visited the clinic at The Warwickshire Golf and Country Club in Leek Wootton on Saturday (February 6) and he met with Kenilworth and South Warwickshire Primary Care Network (PCN) chiefs who assured him regional vaccination targets are on track to be met.
He thanked staff amid the news the Coventry and Warwickshire region ranks fourth in the UK for the most first doses given to those aged over 70.
Health bosses said everyone over the age of 70 in Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth has now been offered a vaccine.
Last month, we reported on how health professionals in Leamington hit a milestone of 1,000 vaccines in a day and how they are confident they will hit their targets.
The Labour MP visited the Leamington Rehabilitation Hospital in Heathcote Lane, Whitnash, to speak to health bosses. Click here to read the article.
And after his recent visit to The Warwickshire Golf and Country Club, Mr Western said: “It is a testament to the spirit in the local community that so many have applied to volunteer and help with the vaccine roll-out – helping save people’s lives in the process.
“I was extremely encouraged to meet such a well-organised and cohesive team with satisfied and relieved residents praising their experience at the centre.
“It is great to hear everyone over the age of 70 in Warwick and Kenilworth has now been offered a vaccine.
“This is huge progress. But there is still much work to do.”
The clubhouse at The Warwickshire is being used as Warwick and Kenilworth’s primary vaccination site – with a drive-through available in the car park.
There is a larger centre at Stoneleigh Park which caters to local patients and those from the wider region.
Chiefs say the centre has now offered a vaccine to every resident aged over 70 in the area, and they will hit their next target of 600 jabs per day over this week.
They are aiming to ramp up to full capacity of more than 700 jabs a day if national vaccine supplies improve.
The site has administered more than 10,000 doses in total.
Over the coming weeks, staff are aiming to move to an 8am till 8pm working day – seven days per week.
The centre has recruited more than 75 volunteers while staff from the Primary Care Network’s five GP surgeries are managing the site.
The centre offers home visits to those who are particularly vulnerable or who lack mobility – with up to 60 visits taking place every day.
Chiefs say all housebound patients will have been vaccinated in the next five days.
All residents at the care homes in the area have been vaccinated – aside from those at a few homes which have had virus outbreaks on their premises.
Mike Phillips, who spoke to Mr Western after his jab, said: “It’s really nice to get it done.
“I wasn’t too anxious before but I’m very impressed with the way it’s been organised.
“This is the first tick in the box.”