WATCH: Western Trust reaches 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines milestone

The Western Trust has reached a major milestone as the 100,000th vaccine was administered over Easter week.

Monday, 5th April 2021, 1:23 pm

The Trust announced today (Monday): “We are delighted to report this Easter week that our Trust Vaccination team have successfully administered 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses. A big well done to all involved!”

The landmark is the latest local milestone in the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme which is the largest programme of its kind ever undertaken by the NHS and the NI Health and Social Care Service.

The programme is being delivered through a range of initiatives, including the operation of three vaccination centres, located at the Foyle Arena in Derry, Omagh Leisure Centre and the Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen.

Councillor Brian Tierney, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, visits the Covid -19 vaccination centre in the Foyle Arena where he met Western Health and Social Care Trust staff who are delivering the vaccine programme. Included are Dr. Maura Oâ€TMNeill, Assistant Director Performance & Improvement, Anne McConnell, Director, Hunan Resources. WHSCT and Garrett Martin, co-ordinator, WHSCT, Foyle Arena. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.01.21

The Derry centre been set up in partnership with the Derry City and Strabane District Council.

The Trust has also been facilitating vaccination delivery through its District, Community and mobile Nursing teams who have reached out to vaccinate specific vulnerable groups, including those in care homes, in supported living and members of the homeless community.

The Trust spokesperson said: “The impressive achievement has been delivered through the coordinated efforts of our Trust staff working closely with Multi-Agency groups and volunteers from across the Trust area.

“We hit the 100,000 dose target only a few days after the Department of Health announced the broadening of eligibility criteria to include those over 45 years old.

“People in eligible groups can now get their jab by attending a vaccination centre or a participating community pharmacy. Those eligible also have the option of waiting for their GP to contact them to arrange their inoculation.”

Everyone aged 45 and over can now book to have their jab at a vaccination centre or participating community pharmacy.

Booking where possible should be done online at: covid-19.hscni.net/get-vaccinatedIf online booking is not possible, then the telephone booking number is 0300 200 7813.

Those eligible for vaccination also have the option of waiting for their GP to contact them to arrange their jab.

The 45-49 age bracket is defined as everyone born between 01/04/1971 and 31/03/1976.

Confirming the latest expansion of the vaccination programme last week, Health Minister Robin Swann said: “I would encourage everyone who is eligible to get the jab as soon as possible.

“I have something of an interest to declare with today’s announcement as I fall into the 45-49 age group.

“I am looking forward to getting my jab very shortly.”