First round of vaccinations at Wigan borough care homes nearly complete

Almost all care homes staff and residents in Wigan have now been vaccinated.

Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 7:36 am
Updated Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 7:54 am
Winnie Shaw and Marion Darbyshire were first to get the Covid vaccine at the Lakeside Care Home in Standish

Forty-nine of the borough’s 52 care homes have received coronavirus vaccines so far.

Three care homes currently have cases of Covid so cannot be vaccinated yet.

The local NHS body overseeing the community vaccination programme has said the remaining three care homes will be vaccinated as soon as possible.

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It comes as around 37,500 doses have now been administered across Wigan.

Of those, 27,500 vaccine doses have been administered to people in priority groups and 10,000 health and social care staff have also been vaccinated.

This includes those vaccinated at centres in Wigan, Leigh, Golborne and Hindley and by Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

The trust which runs the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Leigh Infirmary and Wrightington Hospital have been working through its staff based on risk level, starting with those who are clinically vulnerable and face the highest risk.

It has also helped vaccinate care home workers and vulnerable healthcare staff within other organisations, as well as residents aged 80 and above.

Hollowood Chemist in Wigan has been vaccinating patients since Thursday as part of a national programme, but this does not count towards local figures.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service understands there are around 14,500 people aged over 80 living in the borough, excluding care home residents.

Wigan Borough clinical commissioning group (CCG) is anticipating all over-80s will be offered the opportunity to be vaccinated by the end of January.

GPs are now vaccinating housebound patients following new guidance.

Some people have also been vaccinated at national vaccine centres such as at the Etihad in Manchester, but this does not count towards the local figures.

A spokesperson for Wigan’s community vaccination programme said: “In order to vaccinate people as quickly as possible, additional regional vaccination centres have been opened across the country, on top of the local vaccination sites.

“The local one to us in Manchester, which is still quite far away from most Wigan Borough residents.

“Some residents within Wigan Borough will get invited to get vaccinated at these regional sites by NHS England.

“The vaccination programme in the Borough continues and all eligible patients will be invited as soon as possible, so patients who can’t or don’t want to go to Manchester shouldn’t worry.

“If patients already have an appointment at a local centre, they should ignore the letter and attend their booked appointment in the borough.”

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