Covid-19 vaccinations: 'Wide mixture of feelings' as Selsey Medical Practice reveals when it will deliver last jab
The Covid-19 vaccination hub in Selsey will close next month after delivering thousands of jabs.
The Selsey Centre said it 'has always been the plan' that the local service would be 'wound up when we had reached all of our most vulnerable patients' and when the national service was in a position to take on the younger groups.
"This is now the case," a spokesman for the medical practice said.
"On the 6th of June we will deliver our last jab at Selsey. There is a wide mixture of feelings amongst the team.
"Of course, they have all accomplished an amazing result. Because of their response to this awful pandemic, over 27,000 doses have been given in Selsey so far, so they should certainly feel proud of their achievements.
"However, there will also be some sadness to be disbanding because they have formed close bonds and lots of new friendships through working so closely.
"Many of us will also have to 'reinvent' ourselves, as we return to 'normal life', especially if employment was curtailed during the last year.
"Some of the team have expressed an interest in a future role within the NHS or other caring services, because the experience has revealed to us all, just how rewarding this can be."
Selsey Medical Practice has been 'busily providing' second doses for the list of patients in groups 1-9.
The medical centre said its volunteers feel proud to receive 'so many kind comments' about the 'efficient and friendly' experience.
The spokesman added: "Vaccine supplies have been quite reliable which means that we have been able to schedule these 11-12 weeks after the first dose.
"Under current rules, all patients must have the same vaccine, so the bookings team have had to do some clever coordination to make sure we include everyone.
"Teams of nurses and doctors have also visited care homes and housebound patients.
"It has been good to see some familiar faces coming through the doors for a second time, but we have also welcomed many patients who had their first doses at Tangmere or other places further afield."
If you are one of a small number of patients who have not yet been contacted for your second dose, or if you have not been able to attend your appointment — and your first dose was over 11 weeks ago — contact the bookings team by telephone: 0333 370 4111, Monday to Friday, 8.30am-12.30pm.
"This is especially important if you had the Pfizer vaccine, as our final Pfizer delivery is coming next week, with only AstraZeneca available after then," the spokesman said.
"There will certainly be some celebrations in June, and after dismantling the centre and returning it as we found it, we are sure the team will have a good (and safe) party, but we are still conscious that many people are still awaiting their first dose.
"We hope that you are all vaccinated soon and that we can all return to a more normal life."