The North West launch of the Covid-19 Booster programme started in Cheshire and Merseyside on Monday (Sept 20) at a vaccine site in Wirral and attracted coverage from both BBC and ITV regional news, as well as BBC Radio Merseyside.
In another significant milestone, our first healthy 12–15-year-olds were offered the vaccine on Wednesday (Sept 22) via their school immunisation teams. The roll out of this part of the programme is expected to pick up pace next week with more schools offering the vaccine to pupils in that age group.
I want to take this opportunity to thank our amazing GPs, pharmacists, hospital staff, teachers, and parents for going the extra mile in helping make sure that our communities are protected from COVID-19. True partnership working in action.
I used my message sent to Partnership Board members this week to refocus on the priorities that I have set during my tenure as Interim Chief Officer; e core priorities during her tenure are:
That third priority is especially important to me. I’m acutely aware that our staff continue to deliver care, support, and drive reforms at a time when there is significant fatigue across the health and care workforce. Look after yourselves and those around you, take time to recharge when you can and ask for help when you need it.
Whilst we work together to deliver these priorities, we mustn’t lose focus on ‘the now’ and the immediate challenges of restoring services, joint working between health and care in readiness for winter and continuing the successful rollout of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.
We are one team and in the coming weeks we’ll be setting up a series of virtual team briefs which will be open for everyone to join to hear about our progress in establishing the Cheshire and Merseyside ICS.
Take care and keep up the amazing work