One thousand patients received Covid-19 vaccinations at The Meads Medical Centre in Uckfield yesterday.
The patients were from practices including The Meads, Mid Downs, Herstmonceux, Bird in Eye and Buxted.
And teams from each practice were there to vaccinate their own patients.
The Meads said on Facebook:
“What an achievement by everybody involved. We are feeling very proud and despite a long day, energised.”
The practice also gave more information about its clinics:
- The clinics taking place at the Meads are currently using the Pfizer vaccine. We are advised it is likely to continue being this vaccine for some time in clinics, as the Oxford supplies are currently intended for care home residents and their staff. Oxford vaccine needs to be prioritised to these groups due to the fragile nature of the Pfizer vaccine and it being so much harder to administer away from the surgery, than on site.
- During the week, due to running existing practice services, for rooms, staffing, and parking reasons etc we are unable to complete as many vaccinations as we have today – probably nearer 500 a day is a more reflective number for a day clinic running Monday to Friday.
- It is our understanding that the vast majority of the over 80s (non housebound/non care home patients) have now received their first dose immunisations across the patch. Each surgery is fully aware of who they have invited in and still need to invite.
- For Meads’ patients, after today, we are approximately half way through our aged 75-80 cohort of patients.
- We are awaiting further guidance from NHS England regarding plans for immunisation of our housebound patients.
The Meads continued:
“We do not yet have a date for further delivery of Pfizer vaccines but once we do and the logistics have all been worked out, we will be sure to pick up the phone and call patients when it’s their turn to be vaccinated.
“We hope to clear the vast majority of our aged 75-80 cohort in our next clinic.
“We know it’s hard waiting but please can we respectfully ask you not to call any of the local surgeries to ask when your covid immunisation appointment will be, as we are also trying to complete our every day services alongside our immunisation clinics. Your surgery will call you when they are able to offer you an appointment.
“Without a delivery date presently assigned, we genuinely do not know a likely timescale. It’s our prediction (delivery date is not controlled by us) we’ll receive Pfizer vaccines the week after next as we believe vaccine will be deployed next week to some other areas, who before now, haven’t yet had sites in place.
“We hope the above update has been helpful and we hope that everybody knows we will get to you as soon as we can.
“Keep safe everybody.”
• One person who received the vaccination at The Meads yesterday contacted Uckfield News to praise all involved.
Mrs Gina Summers said: “I would very much like to say how grateful my husband and myself are at having had the Coronavirus vaccination yesterday at The Meads Medical Centre.
“The whole operation was extremely well managed and professional and we would like to say a big thank you to all the doctors, nurses, administration staff, and volunteers, who managed such a seamless procedure.
“There was also a very good take up which was also very heartening.”