Harwich Town Council

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Covid-19 Vaccination Programme


Please find below an overview of the COVID-19 vaccination programme across north east, mid & south and west Essex as at today, Friday 08 January 2021. Please note that information can change at short notice.

The COVID-19 vaccination programme across Essex is well underway with thousands of people vaccinated already. This is part of the biggest immunisation programme in NHS history. This started in mid-December and we now have 3 hospital vaccination hubs and 20 GP vaccination services live.

With the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine now approved, the programme is ramping up with further sites planned in the coming weeks. These include new vaccination centres opening across Essex from mid-January with the potential to vaccinate between 500 and 1,500 people a day.  This is thanks to local authorities and businesses in the community supporting the programme. Some community pharmacies will also be joining the programme shortly.

While we continue to respond to extreme pressures across health and social care created by a second surge in COVID-19 cases locally, the COVID-19 vaccination programme will be key in our fight against the virus, as vaccines will help curb infections. The recent announcement that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has been authorised by the MHRA for use in the UK is very welcome and we are seeing more COVID-19 vaccine supplies arriving. Increased supply also means that vaccination can now be expanded to frontline health and social care workers.

All the latest information on the local vaccination programme can be found at: https://eput.nhs.uk/news-events/coronavirus/coronavirus-vaccine/

The latest official UK Government data and insights can be found at: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

Further information also available at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-vaccinations/ 

Key messages for the general public

In order to support any enquiries from residents, key messages are:

The wider public have an important part to play to help their local NHS continue to roll out this vaccination programme, they are asked:

  • please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you;
  • when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments on time – please avoid arriving early as we want to avoid queues;
  • please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives

 Vaccination programme progress to date

North East Essex Mid & South Essex West Essex
Vaccination cohort Front line healthcare staff

Care home staff and residents

Residents aged 80+

Front line healthcare staff

Care home staff and residents

Residents aged 80+

Trusts focusing on vaccinating more healthcare staff in the coming week

Front line healthcare staff

Care home staff and residents

Residents aged 80+

Live sites – GP vaccination services (run by PCNs) ·         St Helena Hospice, Tendring

·         Colchester Primary Care Centre

·         The Brentwood Centre

·         Puzey Family Practice, Rochford

·         Beacon Medical Group, Danbury Medical Centre

·         Highlands Surgery, Leigh-on-Sea

·         Stifford Clays Health Centre, Grays

·         Audley Mills Surgery, Rayleigh

·         Maldon District Council Offices (for Blackwater Medical Centre, Longfield Medical Centre and Tollesbury Surgery)

·         The Valkyrie Surgery, Westcliff-On-Sea

·         The Nevendon Centre, Wickford

·         Emmanuel Archer Hall, Billericay

·         Holy Trinity RC Parish Church Hall, Basildon

·         George Hurd Centre, Basildon

·         The Paddocks Community Centre, Canvey Island


·         Stansted Surgery, Stansted Mountfitchet

·         Spencer Close St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping

·         Lister Medical Centre, Harlow

·         Lord Butler Leisure Centre, Saffron Walden

·         Buckhurst Way Clinic, Buckhurst Hill

Live sites – Hospital vaccination hubs ·         Colchester Hospital ·         Basildon Hospital

·         Broomfield Hospital


Live sites – New vaccination centres n/a n/a n/a
Live sites – total


3 15 5
Planned sites – GP vaccination services (run by PCNs) ·         Fryatt Hospital, Dovercourt, Harwich, w/c 11 Jan (already in public domain, final PCN site) ·         10 PCN sites in MSE
Planned sites – Hospital vaccination hubs ·         Southend Hospital (goes live Saturday 09 January)
Planned sites – New Vaccination centres ·         4 planned


·         8 currently planned


Planned sites – Other Care home residents and the elderly housebound are a priority once AstraZeneca vaccine supplies arrive ·         1 community pharmacy site from 11/1 Care home vaccinations have begun
Comments No obvious issues, process has gone well, only a handful of adverse reactions to vaccinations and these were related to anxiety/panic attacks rather than reactions to the contents of the vaccine One issue with patients queuing outside a site but this has since been resolved and has not been repeated
Key media issues / themes Media challenged by lack of information regarding the next phase of the vaccine roll-out, but have reported responsibly and proportionately when briefings/info have been given. Some disquiet on social media due to perceived lack of information about what is happening, when and where Frequent requests from media on locations of future vaccination sites.


Ongoing enquiries from the general public on when they/relatives will be vaccinated

Growing number of enquiries about the roll out of the vaccines, vaccination figures and enquiries from the public on roll out.