Since the 15th December Southover Medical Practice has been working with all the Torbay surgeries in Torbay delivering the Covid-19 vaccine so we are just coming up to a month of doing vaccinations.

Supply of the vaccine to us from the central distribution point has been a bit ad-hoc but we have still managed to vaccinate many thousand patients in the 80 year + category using every drop of the vaccine that we can get hold of. We still have a number of the “mobile” over 80’s to do as this is a big cohort in Torbay compared with some parts of the country but we should be looking at the next government priority groups very soon.

To date we have been held back by lack of vaccine supply but the good news is that this seems to be increasing in the coming weeks so we will be making every effort to move forward at pace. However with a registered patient population in Torbay of 153,000 there is a long way to go, this is very much a marathon not a sprint.

Most of the vaccine to date has been the Pfizer (Pz) vaccine, we have recently had a small number of the Astra Zeneca (AZ) vaccine in the last week which has allowed us to make a start in vaccinating Care Home residents and Care Home staff. We have been promised a larger delivery of the AZ vaccine in a couple of weeks and led by our Care Home Visiting Team, Dr’s and Admin staff will be working 7 days a week to try and get around as many care homes as possible.

Supplying staff to the Vaccination site at the Riviera International Conference Centre from surgery’s does mean that we are short staffed in the surgery’s so one thing you can do to help us is not phone up to ask when you will be getting your vaccination, rest assured we will contact you when we are ready to administer your vaccination.

Finally please have a look at the video on the following link, as it explains how the vaccination Centre works and what to expect when you turn up.