The Westway Community Centre in Caterham received two vaccine deliveries last month and over the period of a week the team administered more than 2,000 vaccines to the community. We contacted the ‘Alliance for Better Care Team’ who support the NHS with their communications to find out more about their immunisation programme at The Westway.
GP Dr Emon Malik and ABC Compliance Manager, Hayley Bath, who have led the project, have received incredible support from all the practices in North Tandridge and also from the team at The Westway Community Centre.
Emon said: “This site sits at the heart of the community and we’ve received exceptional feedback and support from both patients and staff. Receiving two vaccine deliveries within the first week has meant that many of the team have worked long days ensuring that all of the appropriate infrastructure was in place. We’re hugely grateful to all the assistance we’ve received and continue to work hard to prepare for the next deliveries.”
Westway’s vaccination programme is being rolled out by GP Federation Alliance for Better Care, which has practice members across East Surrey, Crawley, Horsham and Mid-Sussex.
Katherine Saunders, Chief Executive of Alliance for Better Care said: “We have been tasked with helping to roll out a safe and effective vaccination programme in the region and we’re delighted with our progress to date. The Westway team has worked extremely hard having received two vaccine deliveries within a week, and we’re hugely grateful for the support from staff, patients and volunteers in the area. The team is looking ahead to the coming weeks and continuing their work on the programme.”
The Westway Centre will be used to give the 2nd dose for those who have already had the first vaccine and it will also be used as a location for future residents to be vaccinated on a referral basis.
We also spoke to the Surrey Heartlands CCG Team who advised us that “The Pfizer vaccine will be used for the 2nd dose and as new vaccines become available they will be offered in accordance with MHRA and NHS England guidance.”