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Three new vaccination sites open as new lockdown rules come into force


Three more Primary Care Networks (PCNs)* will open sites this week to start vaccinating their most vulnerable patients against COVID.


As tighter lockdown restrictions come into place the increased rollout of the vaccination programme is good news for people in Shelton and Hanley, and Rugeley and Great Haywood. A second site will be opened to protect patients in the Leek and Biddulph PCN area.


This means that over 70 per cent of PCNs in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will be actively vaccinating against COVID, with 100 per cent coverage expected in the near future.


Dr Paddy Hannigan, Clinical Lead for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme said: “This is more welcome news. We are rolling out our vaccination programme across the area, but we are still in the early stages of a vaccination programme that is the largest in history and concentrating on our patients aged over 80 who we know are the most vulnerable.


“Patients will be contacted when it is their turn to receive the vaccine and given all the details they need, and we would ask that they do not call their GP practice. Centres can only vaccinate people who have an appointment.”


“In the meantime it is essential that people make themselves familiar with the latest lockdown rules that were announced yesterday and take their advice on COVID from official NHS sources.”