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24th February 2021 | By Communications Team | Posted in

19 February 2021

Hello and welcome

Welcome to 5 on Friday, our stakeholder bulletin for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The bulletin will help you to keep up to speed with what is happening in the local NHS. Please do share with your networks to help us reach as many people as possible.

Please give us feedback and tell us what you want to know more about. If you have any questions or would like to ask about a topic please email us at: PressOfficeLLRCCGs@leicestershire.nhs.uk.


Praise for vaccination progress as roll out continues

NHS Leaders in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) have praised the efforts of all those involved in the local rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine programme.  The NHS in LLR has achieved the target of ensuring all those in the highest priority group and most at risk from COVID-19 have been offered vaccination.

The roll out of vaccinations has now moved to the next two cohorts, those aged 65-69 and the clinically vulnerable (over 16).

Since the start of the vaccination programme in LLR on 12th December 2020, just nine weeks ago:

  • Over 250,000 first doses of the vaccine have been given
  • Five hospital hubs have been set up to administer the vaccine to staff and some patients
  • All GP practices are offering the vaccine to patients from 19 locations, including GP practice premises, council and community buildings.
  • Patients and staff in all local care homes have been offered the vaccine
  • Three pharmacies are offering the vaccine
  • A wide range of staff and volunteers have been involved in the delivery of the programme as vaccinators and other clinical roles, administrators, marshals, cleaners and site managers.

People aged 65-69 are receiving vaccinations from the national booking service inviting them to book their vaccine appointment either online or by calling 119, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. People can also wait for an invitation from their GP practice if they prefer.

If you are aged 70 and over, or you are clinically extremely vulnerable, and you haven’t had the vaccination, you are urged to contact your GP or book through the national booking service.

If you would like more information about the local vaccine rollout, please visit https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk /coronavirus-vaccine/ or search for #LetsBeatCovidLLR


A thank you message from Andy Williams 


Let’s Beat Covid – Interfaith initiative to support COVID-19 vaccine take up

The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups have teamed up with Together in Hope.  Together In Hope (TIH) is a project set up to help communities across the Leicester diocese to explore the twin themes of togetherness and hope during the pandemic and its aftermath.

TIH approached us to work with them on an interfaith initiative to encourage people of all faiths and ethnicities to take the COVID-19 vaccine when their turn comes.  Representatives from communities and faiths are hosting conversations to discuss the vaccine.  These conversations can being supported by GPs.
Supporters of TIH include Leicester City Football Club, University of Leicester and other well know personalities from Leicester.

A selection of dual language videos have been created through the initiative to highlight key messages about the COVID-19 vaccine and are available in English, Arabic, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Pidgin, Polish, Punjabi, Somali and Urdu.

You can view the English and Hindi video below. If you’d like to access the other languages, please visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/coronavirus-vaccine-videos/

Please support us in getting these important messages out by sharing these videos within your local networks and communities.

COVID-19 vaccine information

If you have a question about the COVID-19 vaccine, then you can probably find the answer on our website.

By visiting our website you’ll find all the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccine and our vaccination programme in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We have developed a wide range of resources to help provide patients with the answers to many commonly asked questions and produced a selection of materials that can be easily shared within your local networks and communities.

These include:

For more information visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/.


Become a COVID-19 health champion

Leicestershire County Council are empowering residents to become COVID-19 health champions and be a voice in their community to help keep people informed, aware and help to make a difference.

COVID-19 health champions will be kept up to date with the latest advice and guidance via WhatsApp – or another way if you’d prefer – so that you can help your family, friends and other community members to make sense of the latest facts about the virus.

You’ll also have the opportunity to feedback what is and isn’t working at monthly online catch-ups, which you can attend if you’re able to and want to.

For more information and to register your interest visit: https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/how-you-can-help/become-a-covid-19-health-champion

Health & Social Care staff take to Facebook for live chat on the Coronavirus vaccine

Last night a panel of members across health and social care took to Facebook for a live discussion on the Covid vaccination programme.
Caroline Trevithick, the CCGs’ Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Performance & Deputy Chief Executive, GP Dr Nil Sanganee, Respiratory Consultant from UHL Sanjay Agrawal, Dr Rob Howard, Public Health Consultant at Leicester City Council and CCG Governing Body Lay Member Zuffar Haq took questions from Leicester Mercury reporters who also asked them question submitted from members of the public.

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