More than 100,000 people in Oldham have now received their first coronavirus vaccination, including more than half of the borough's adult population.
As of Sunday 28 March, 52 per cent of those over the age of 18 (102,215) have received a dose of the vaccine, with the total figure of all residents vaccinated being 102,798.
The milestone comes only days after last Tuesday’s one-year anniversary of the UK’s first national lockdown, when Oldham took part in a moment of reflection for those who are no longer with us.
The borough's vaccination rollout began in mid-December as part of a collaborative effort between Oldham Council, the NHS and community partners.
With six vaccinations centres already established across the borough, Oldham has also been running a series of pop-up clinics in local communities.
Failsworth Medical Centre, one of six Covid vaccination centres across Oldham
Residents have also been invited for their vaccinations at Greater Manchester’s Mass Vaccination Centre at the Etihad campus.
Anyone above the age of 50 or deemed clinically vulnerable is currently eligible for the vaccine, in accordance with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
People living or working in a care home are also eligible alongside health and social care workers, people with a learning disability and people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus.
So far 94 per cent of residents in the 80+ vaccine priority cohort (8,466) have received their first jab, as well as 95 per cent of the over 75s (7,237) and 86 per cent of those in the over 70s / clinically extremely vulnerable cohort (18,754).
In addition to this, 8,879 have been vaccinated in the over 65s (89 per cent), 21,379 between the age of 16 and 64 with underlying health conditions (72 per cent), 5,653 in the over 60s (83 per cent), 7,347 in the over 50s (75 per cent) and 7,685 in the over 50s (68 per cent).
The total number of residents to have received their second dose is 10,204 (five per cent), with that figure now steadily increasingly as more people begin to receive their next appointments.
'Every time someone receives their vaccination, we are all taking another step towards normality'
Mike Barker, Chief Operation Officer of Oldham Council and Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Over the last 12 months, Team Oldham has really pulled together to care for and support us all during the Coronavirus pandemic.
“This teamwork has been crucial in the rollout of the vaccination programme across our borough, which is playing a massive role in our return to normality - something we have all missed for so long.
“More than 100,000 residents have now received their first dose of the vaccine, which is truly incredible. Thousands more are now ready and waiting for their turn to say ‘yes’ to the jab too.
“So when it’s your turn, please play your part in having the vaccine. It is the best way to protect you and your loved ones from coronavirus and it has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives.”
He went on: “I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped to deliver the vaccine here in Oldham, you are all doing a fantastic job and we are forever in your debt.
“I also want to say how incredibly proud I am of everyone who has said ‘yes’ to the jab so far because every time someone receives their vaccination, we are all taking another step towards normality – and with restrictions easing over the next few months, talk of normality is actually starting to feel real again.
“It is really important to remember that our journey isn’t over yet though, even with the vaccine, and for us to get back to way things were, we must all ensure that we continue to follow the guidance.
“If we all work together as one community, like we have done for so long now, we can do this Oldham.”
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