Shaftesbury GP Practice ‘Proud’ Of Dorset’s Very High Vaccine Take-Up

New data from Public Health England reveals that Dorset has one of the highest coronavirus vaccination take-up rates in England.

Sara Froud from Blackmore Vale GP Practice tells Alfred that they’ve vaccinated just under 30,000 patients so far. “It’s been phenomenally stressful, but actually so worth doing,” Sara says. She is pleased with the local response. “We’ve almost finished all second doses of cohorts, one to nine,” she says.

The Exchange at Sturminster is being used for vaccinations

Sara says the practice’s strong community links have helped the staff rise to this major challenge. She says her colleagues are, “overwhelmed with the gratefulness and the camaraderie that they’ve had in these COVID-19 clinics, with the patients, the volunteers and the staff at The Exchange.” Vaccinations switched to the Sturminster venue near the start of the programme.

Public Health England data reveals that 76.9% of county residents aged over 18 have received their first job. We’re only just second to the Isle of Wight, where 77.4% of islanders have had their first dose.

Across England, the average first injection take-up rate is now at 70%. For comparison, the lowest first vaccine uptake rate has been reported in the East London borough of Tower Hamlets. Only 35% of residents have had the jab.

Dorset also has the fourth-highest take-up of the second dose. 48% of our adults have had both injections now. 51% of Isle of Wight residents and 49% of residents of St Helens and Torbay have received their follow-up doses.