Matlock and Ashover GPs on track to fully vaccinate over-50s by June lockdown target

GP surgeries in Matlock and Ashover are on track to deliver second doses of a Covid vaccine to all patients aged 50 and over by early June.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 2:33 pm

The group managing the Imperial Road and Ashover Medical Centres says it has 1,051 people booked in for their follow-up jabs in the coming weeks. It is estimated that around 1.6 per cent of eligible patients have not been vaccinated for varying personal reasons.

While the national vaccination programme has now moved on to deliver first jabs to younger age groups, locally they are being advised to get their jab from centres in Bakewell or Ashbourne unless notified otherwise by their GP.

It comes at a critical time for the programme, which is intended to limit the severity of illness in patients contracting Covid, even as the easing of lockdown restrictions increases transmission risk.

The race is on to get those Derbyshire Dales residents most at-risk vaccinated by June 21. (Photo by JACOB KING/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

A spokesman for the Imperial Road group said: “Most scientists think there will be a third wave, but how big is the question. We don’t think it’s the young or variants that will cause the spike of serious illness but those few who have received the vaccine and not gained enough protection.

“Hopefully the numbers will be very low but we need to be aware of this and keep up our guard. If it occurs, it will be the end of the summer or early autumn.”

They added: “On June 21, all lockdown measures are lifted. At that point all over 50s will be double vaccinated, most over 30s will have had one vaccine and not many 18-30s will have had their first.

“Add in that no children will have been vaccinated and international travel and there’s plenty of room for Covid-19 to re-emerge.”

With the cautious optimism, both surgeries are making plans to reintroduce face-to-face appointments, alongside the now familiar phone and video consultations.

The spokesman said: “You’ll still need to wear a face mask and not come down if you have symptoms of a viral infection.

“Our worry is the waiting room, less so seeing the doctor. In Matlock we can see 100 people in a morning so staying two metres apart is a challenge.”

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