Sutton hospital among first to trial 24-hour covid vaccine roll-out
Ashfield’s MP has hailed a 24-hour covid vaccine trial at a Sutton hospital as a “great achievement”.
King's Mill Hospital, run by Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust, was selected as one of two hospitals nationally to try out giving vaccines for 24 hours last Wednesday.
Vaccines were only offered to the high priority groups, which included people aged over 80, as well as front-line health and social care workers and staff.
The Chad understands the 24-hour vaccine was piloted to see if it could ‘work operationally.’
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University Hospitals Birmingham was also selected to try out the round-the-clock jabs.
Sherwood Forest Hospitals confirmed that a 24-hour pilot for the vaccination hub went ahead on Wednesday, January 20.
“A huge amount of work went in to setting it up and more than 800 people who met the JCVI (Joint Committe on Vaccination and Immunisation) guidance had their first vaccination, who otherwise would still be waiting for it,” the trust said.
Ashfield MP Lee Anderson praised the move and said: “King’s Mill Hospital has stepped up once again and vaccinated more than 800 people during the 24-hour overnight trial on Wednesday. This is a great achievement and shows that our hospitals can produce great results.
"However with the vaccination centre in Mansfield that can do 20,000 vaccinations a week we would hope that King’s Mill is not needed but it is there ready to help out if required.”
An asymptomatic community testing initiative has also started in Mansfield this week. It opened at Oak Tree Leisure Centre, (today) Tuesday January 26 with another opening at Mansfield Town Football Club’s One Call Stadium on Thursday, January 28.