GP-led sites in north Dorset are continuing the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination at speed to the county’s most vulnerable people.

The new locations will add to the existing 11 sites that have started vaccinating people across the Dorset Council and BCP Council areas, with even more coming soon.

  • Sturminster Newton Medical Centre
  • The Digby Hall, Sherborne
  • Whitecliff Surgery, Blandford

GP-led sites have been developed by primary care networks (groups of local GP practices) who have worked closely together to develop detailed plans to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations in their wider community locations.

Primary care networks have been working round the clock to rapidly to redesign their sites and put in place safe processes to deliver vaccines.

GPs, nurses, pharmacists, support and logistical staff, other primary care staff, and those in the wider health and social care system have been working at immense speed to make it happen. We’d like to thank them for their continued work.

Dr Simone Yule is a GP and Clinical Director for the Blackmore Vale Partnership. She said “I am delighted and relieved that we can start the new year with such good news for people in north Dorset and am delighted that we can begin to offer those who are most at risk their vaccination to protect against COVID-19.

The vaccination roll-out is continuing to gather momentum and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved for their help in making this happen, I’d also ask anyone who is invited to accept the offer and come along to get their jab, not just to protect themselves but to reduce the risk to others.”

People who have been identified nationally by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) as the highest priority will be invited first.

Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you. When we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments. If you can’t make an appointment let us know as soon as possible and we can then offer the slot to someone else. You will be called again.

In Dorset, the health and care system is working in partnership to make the vaccine available to the people of Dorset in line with national guidance. This includes delivering it in a number of ways to enable easier access for as many people as possible. The national programme roll-out includes hospital hubs, care homes and GP-led local vaccination services. Across the country, vaccination centres treating large numbers of patients in sporting venues and conference centres will subsequently stand up nationally when further supplies of vaccine become available.

Whilst this is good news, people are reminded to reduce their risk and the possibility of passing it to other people by sticking to the national guidelines.

Sam Crowe, Director of Public Health for Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils, said “We’re pleased to see the vaccination programme continuing to expand and being offered from more sites across Dorset. However, we are in the early stages of the vaccine rollout, and the recent announcement of another national lockdown should serve as a reminder to everyone that we are still in a very serious situation.

Whilst the vaccine offers us some hope of a return to a more normal way of life, the rise in case rates across Dorset and BCP Council areas is extremely concerning. We must all stay at home unless absolutely necessary to stop the spread, protect the NHS and save lives.”

We know that people are very keen to find out about our developing COVID-19 vaccination programme in Dorset and we will share more updates as information becomes available.

Further information on the vaccine is available via the national NHS website.