Great start with vaccination programme in Lincolnshire

The first large vaccination centre in the whole of the Midlands is now in operation – and has the capacity to deliver 1,500 injections a day.

Lynda Stockwell - Clinical and Operational Lead for the Princess Royal Sports Arena vaccination centre. EMN-210115-160738001

The centre – coupled with jabs now being offered at John Coupland Hospital, in Gainsborough – has been welcomed by many residents.

However, according to Market Rasen Surgery, their patients are still being directed to Louth Community Hospital for vaccinations.

Practice Manager Tracy Dewhurst added: “We have completed all our care homes and done home visits for some housebound patients in the age category.”

For smaller rural villages, there is a glimmer of hope as some may be offered the Covid-19 jab at the Princess Royal Sports Arena, in Boston.

But health bosses have stressed that those who wish to have the vaccination at their local site will still have the option to do so.

Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Councillor Owen Bierley has welcomed the news that vaccinations are being offered in Gainsborough – but added that the fight against Covid is not over and residents should still stay at home and remain safe.

MP for Market Rasen and Caistor, Sir Edward Leigh, has previously aired his concerns that the Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is focussing their vaccination programme too strongly on the south of the county.

This week, fellow Lincolnshire MP, Victoria Atkins, who covers the Wolds area, revealed bosses are planning a mobile vaccine service for people in rural communities.