Half a million reasons to feel confident that Covid-19 can be conquered

A nurse at Forth Valley HospitalA nurse at Forth Valley Hospital
A nurse at Forth Valley Hospital
NHS Lanarkshire’s Covid-19 vaccination programme hit a stellar landmark last week after it emerged that more than half a million first and second does have been administered since the programme began.

The man who is leading it is Doctor Mark Russell who has a special message for our readers -and has also provided an insight into the logistics behind this colossal operation.

Dr Russell said: “It is a remarkable milestone to have undertaken more than half a million vaccinations.

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"However, a programme of this scale would not have be possible without the willingness of Lanarkshire residents to receive the vaccine and the extremely hard work of NHS staff, and staff from both North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire Councils.

“The staff have been key in the running of our vaccination centres and have overcome many challenges.

"This has included moving to two supercentres and the work needed to setup and run both these centre, the training of new vaccinators and the flexible working required to provide a seven day a week service.

"We are extremely grateful to each and everyone who have contributed to the vaccination programme.

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“We have made great progress in our vaccination programme and would not have been able to vaccinate at such a pace without our supercentres.

"As we continue to offer second doses we will significantly increase the pace of our vaccination programme as the more people being vaccinated the quicker is we can take that important step closer to normal life.

“This will be possible by maximising our supercentres, so we’re asking for your help – if you can attend your appointment in a supercentre, please do so.

" We know that attending one of our supercentres is not suitable for everyone.

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"This is why we have a number of local centres but if the majority of people can attend one of the supercentres this will leave the local centres for those who absolutely need it.

“I would like to thank everyone who has attended for their vaccination appointment. It is important that we all attend for our vaccination and our second dose when we are invited.

"It’s the most important journey that any of us will make this year.”

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