More than 35,000 vaccinations administered in South Lincolnshire and medical staff say they will do all they can following concerns about supply
The people behind South Lincolnshire's vaccination programme say they have administered 35,000 Covid vaccinations in just 61 days.
Allied Health South Lincolnshire, which has organised the area's programme, has vowed to inoculate as many people possible following concerns about supply of the vaccine.
Warnings have been issued by NHS England about a reduction in supplies of the vaccine during April but the Government says its target to issue a first dose to all adults by the end of July is still on track.
Staff from 12 practices in Bourne, Market Deeping and South Holland have been vaccinating people at the Springfields Exhibition and Event Centre along with running clinics at their own surgeries.
In a social media post, Allied Health stated: "In 61 days we’ve delivered over 35,000 vaccines, both Pfizer and AstraZeneca and this week we’ll deliver twice as many vaccines compared to last week.
"Next week we’ll deliver twice as many again, close to 9,000, and along with our colleagues working in regional and hospital sites as well as community pharmacy, we are well on track to offer vaccines to everyone in cohorts 1 – 9 ahead of schedule.
"Not only have we spent many long days working from our main site at Springfields, but all our practices can now offer vaccines from their sites hopefully making access as easy as possible for you.
"We’ve also visited all care homes, and have been offering home visits for those people who may not be able to get to a practice or Springfields, and shortly we will begin offering second doses to those in our community most at risk.
"You may have seen some headlines today that vaccine supply may be a bit lower in a few weeks’ time, but when you consider the size, speed and complexity of what has been achieved this is not really that surprising, and fluctuation of supply is something we’ve been dealing with since the programme started.
"In 100 days the national vaccine programme had grown and grown and now has a larger supply chain than Aldi and Lidl, which quite frankly is amazing and we should all be very proud of what has been achieved nationally and locally."
The post also states that when the area's first delivery of vaccines was 300 and that has risen to 4,400.
It adds: "This evening our fridge is empty 24 hours after taking delivery of 4,400 vaccines yesterday, and by the middle of next week close to another 9,000 vaccines will have been delivered to our community pushing us well over 40,000 people vaccinated.
"We want you to know that we’ll do all we can to give as many people as possible access to the vaccine as soon as possible. We are so proud of all our practices, staff and volunteers they are truly amazing people."