Sheffield CCG issue new Covid message after 90-year-old man STILL not vaccinated
Those eligible but have yet to be offered Covid-19 vaccinations in Sheffield have been advised to wait as it will take time to administer the vaccine for everyone.
The latest advice, issued by NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, came in the wake of complaints by some Sheffield residents that their elderly family members have not received a call from their GP.
Janet Turner, 65, said she was "getting worried" that her 90-year-old father had not received the call from his medical practice, although the vaccination campaign had kicked off before Christmas.
"I contacted the GP and they said they would not get the vaccine for the next two weeks.
"I can't understand and I’m most annoyed about the fact that vaccination centres are opening throughout the UK but South Yorkshire seems to be lacking when we are getting a lot of patients through," she said.
Alun Windle, chief nurse and covid vaccination lead at NHS Sheffield CCG said in Sheffield, groups of GP practices are working together in their primary care networks, known as PCNs, to administer the vaccine.
At least 15 Covid community vaccination centres have been up and running in Sheffield delivering thousands of potentially life-saving jabs and each PCN has identified a location to be used as a vaccination centre.
In a statement, he said: “Vaccine invitations will be sent to those eligible when it’s their turn.
"We ask people to not contact their GP or hospital about the vaccines, or just turn up, as practices are working through their priority lists.
"This is the biggest vaccination programme ever and it will take time to vaccinate everyone eligible.”
He said they are now vaccinating people aged over 80, staff and care home residents staff and PCN's will be vaccinating over 70s beginning this week.
Sheffield CCG also explained why some areas will have started vaccinating over 70s but others are still doing over 80s as some PCNs have a higher number of over 80s than others who have younger populations.
They said if a PCN has vaccinated the majority of their 80s and care homes, they can vaccinate over 70s and those extremely vulnerable.