Chichester MP, Gillian Keegan, said she was “blown away” after visiting the City’s vaccination hub at St Richard’s Hospital in the City.
Gillian visited the vaccine hub to meet and thank the vaccination teams made up of NHS staff and volunteers alike – all working under the watchful eye of the Chief Pharmacist.
The Hub, which has been operational since the 4th January, is administering the Pfizer-BioNTech jab, the first of the three approved vaccines approved for use by the MRHA. On the day of her visit, (Friday 15th) the Trust, that includes Worthing Hospital, crossed the 10,000 vaccines administered mark – which includes 62% of their staff, as well as many more healthcare professionals working within the social care and community care sectors.
After her visit the MP said, “I was blown away by the highly technical nature of administering the vaccines, involving a painstakingly meticulous process to prepare and dilute the vaccines before injection. The team at St Richard’s are quite simply fantastic, and their positive attitude and resolve is inspiring given the huge pressure they’ve been under for nearly a year. I can't thank them enough, and all the brilliant volunteers who have stepped up to help with the roll-out locally.”
The hospital is responsible for vaccinating healthcare professionals who are the vanguard of our Covid-19 response. Meanwhile, GP-led services in Tangmere, Selsey, and Pulborough are supporting the Chichester District’s efforts to vaccinate those over 80. With the Riverbank Centre in Midhurst and Petworth Surgery expected to come online soon. GP-practices are working together to provide the vaccination to their collective patients at centres – necessary to pool resources and ensure venues are big enough to administer the vaccines safely.