New figures show the COVID-19 vaccination programme which started on December 8 has delivered more than 200,000 doses.

In Dorset, the programme has gone from strength to strength with 201,211 doses (as of February 7 2021) being delivered and rising.

The NHS, in a joint health and care system effort, is working tirelessly together on this monumental effort – being supported by hundreds of volunteers.

Vaccination services across the Dorset and BCP Council areas have contributed to reaching this milestone – including 18 GP led hubs, pharmacies, hospital hubs, roving teams for the housebound, and the large vaccination centre at the BIC. Patients can choose which vaccination service to access.

Dr Karen Kirkham, local Dorset GP, and Clinical lead for the Dorset COVID-19 vaccination programme, said “This is a fantastic achievement and I would like to thank everyone involved for their continued commitment – from those giving the jabs on the front line through to the business and practice managers in the background making this enormous programme run smoothly, our dedicated volunteers who are helping on site and everyone who has spent the last few months making the plans which have seen us be able to vaccinate an unprecedented number of people in such a relatively short time.”

Vaccinations are being delivered in line with the national programme to ensure those are considered most at risk are prioritised. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective.

If you are offered an appointment and are unable to make it please let the team know as someone else can use your spot. You will be offered another opportunity.

For more about the COVID-19 vaccine programme in Dorset, please see here:

https://www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk/vaccinations/