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Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland mark one million Covid-19 vaccinations milestone

Press release date [03/06/2021]

Local NHS leaders have praised the efforts of NHS staff, volunteers and communities, as more than one million Covid-19 vaccinations have now been given in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR). 

Up to 30th May 2021 1,068,296 first and second doses of the vaccine have been given across LLR, with 75,937 doses given in the past week.

Caroline Trevithick, Deputy Chief Executive of the LLR clinical commissioning groups, said: “It’s such an achievement to reach this milestone and it’s a moment to reflect on all the work that has gone into this and say thank you to everyone who has helped to deliver the vaccine in our area, as well as the public for coming forward for their vaccine.

“It has been a real joint effort; as well as NHS staff there are hundreds of volunteers involved as vaccinators and in other clinical roles, as administrators, marshals, cleaners and site managers. I would also like to thank those who have organised conversations within their communities to discuss any concerns they have about the vaccine. Every person has enabled us to reach today’s milestone.

“The vaccine is our way out of the restrictions we’ve had on our lives and, with the variant of Covid-19 first identified in India now circulating in our area, we need to build on all the good progress we have made so far with the vaccine and make sure that everyone eligible is protected.”

Last week the pace of vaccinations stepped up locally, with six new drop-in centres set up for people living in specific targeted areas of Leicester City where vaccine take-up has not been as high as other areas.

Caroline, who has released a video message to mark the one million milestone, added: “I can’t emphasise strongly enough how important it is that everyone who is eligible comes forward for the vaccine and that people make sure they get their second dose when it is due, in order to get the maximum protection. If you have previously been invited for the vaccine but have not yet had it done, please come forward now.”

Details of the extra clinics and who is eligible to attend can be found at www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/additional-covid-vaccination-clinics

Outside of the targeted neighbourhoods, vaccines are available for people who live elsewhere in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland via the National Booking Service, the Hospital Hubs and GP practices. These details can be found online at: www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccine/

People who are currently eligible for the vaccine across LLR include those aged 30 or over; anyone who has a health condition that puts them at higher risk of Covid, carers and health and care staff. 

For further information, interviews and images to coincide with the announcement, contact: PressofficeLLRCCGs@leicestershire.nhs.uk