The hospital hubs continue to successfully vaccinate the Cheshire and Merseyside population. However, vaccine supply has been significantly reduced over the last week. Hospital hubs continue to work with their local systems to ensure all four priority cohorts are vaccinated as soon as possible along with frontline staff and health and social care workers. Plans continue to be developed for their future within places and for delivery of second doses.
Work is continuing on developing the Pillar 2 vaccination offer. The Saints site continues to offer over 5,000 vaccines each week however bookings have been very low this last week. Work is ongoing on a plan to further increase capacity to prepare for progression to cohort 5 although it is not known when this will be. The 2 additional centres in East Cheshire at Alderley Park Conference Centre and in West Cheshire at Chester Racecourse continue their readiness preparations and are planning to open on 17th February and 16th February respectively.
As of 12th February a total of 51 Primary Care Network sites are live and operating across all our 9 Places. We are continuing to focus on the >80s and 75-80s as the top priorities, as well as cohorts 3 and 4 (over 70s and the clinically extremely vulnerable over 16) in line with the national programme. To date approximately 92% of over 80s, 92% over 75-79 year olds and 88% of 70-74 years olds across Cheshire and Merseyside have been vaccinated. All 530 care homes for older people have had their vaccination visits, and “mopping” up continues for remaining residents, for example where homes had an active outbreak during the initial visit. Planning for the move to cohorts 5 and 6 during the week of 15th February is ongoing, as is planning for second doses commencing in early wave OCNs in early March.
Cheshire and Merseyside now have all 18 planned Pharmacy Designated Sites live. There is a marked difference in some sites between the vaccine allocation and the potential number of weekly vaccinations a site could achieve. We will have delivered 65,200 vaccinations across the 18 sites by the end of week commencing 08/02/2021. We are anticipating this gap will narrow as vaccine supply increases and the numbers in the lower cohorts requiring vaccination increase.
The programme operational lead is working with each site on a daily basis to support these sites and our current focus is to ensure that we have all potential bookings confirmed as 100 booked each week on all sites to ensure that vaccine is delivered to patients within the week to ensure timely delivery of all allocated vaccines.
The main current concern is the level of DNAs which the pharmacies are not given warning of. There appears to be no mechanism for a patient to cancel a booked appointment via the NBS or via NHS 119 and so if a patient books in to a pharmacy and then elects to attend another We are seeing some really good collaboration now between PCN systems and the local pharmacy designated sites offer supported by CCG leads. This can really maximise the offer to patients in these localities and encourage
Joined up delivery of local plans. We are also seeing some collaboration between pharmacy designated sites and the Local Authority Public Health leads looking at ways to support and manage the uptake in vulnerable groups.