MORE than 1,100 patients were immunised on first day of the Covid-19 vaccination programme at Wilmslow Health Centre.

As the delivery site for CHAW Primary Care Network, Wilmslow Health Centre hosted other medical teams from Chelford Surgery, Alderley Edge Medical Practice, Kenmore Medical Centre, Handforth Health Centre to make a fantastic start to the area’s Covid vaccination programme.

Knutsford Guardian: Dr Amar Ahmed.Dr Amar Ahmed.

Dr Amar Ahmed, Partner and GP Trainer at Wilmslow Health Centre, said: “Wilmslow Health Centre remains indebted to the army of volunteers organised by James Bunker and the Rev Kirsty Thorpe who, just as during the first lockdown, selflessly rose to the challenge of recruiting and organising volunteers who did an amazing job in challenging conditions. Thank you all.

“In the coming weeks, we hope to roll this out to the entire eligible population, starting with those most at risk.”

Knutsford Guardian: The vaccine, safely stored.The vaccine, safely stored.

Vaccinations against the coronavirus are being administered to priority groups set out by experts in the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation.

Anyone who is at a higher risk of suffering from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus will get the vaccination first. Residents will receive a letter when it is their turn to have the vaccine.

The NHS hopes to have given the first jab to everyone in the top four priority groups – older care home residents and staff, everyone over 70, frontline NHS and care staff, and people who are clinically extremely vulnerable – by the middle of February.

National guidance now advises that people should receive a second dose of Covid-19 vaccine within 12 weeks of the first, and residents will be told when it is their turn for a second jab.

Wilmslow Health Centre has put together a Covid 19 information page on its website to inform people of what to expect when attending their vaccination appointment and in a bid to dispel some of the myths surrounding the subject.

Dr Ahmed added: "GP surgeries hope that this great effort is a significant step towards achieving normality in people’s lives."