Councillor Matthew Winnington, Portsmouth's Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, gives his latest update on Vaccinations, Test Centres and Coronavirus support in the city.
I am the Councillor leading on the partnership between the NHS, social care providers and the council in the City on Covid-19 and working to make sure the most vulnerable are supported during the pandemic.
The new strain of Covid-19 has been shown to be very infectious so infection rates in are much higher than last summer. The City Council is working closely with the NHS to make sure that we offer as much support as possible.
Vaccinations are being offered in priority order and you will be contacted when it is your turn to be offered a vaccine. To find out more please visit the government's vaccination information webpage.
There are currently six vaccination centres in the city:
- Queen Alexandra Hospital, Hospital Hub
- Eastney Health Centre
- Cosham Health Centre
- Kingston Crescent Surgery
- Lake Road Health Centre
- Southsea Medical Centre
There is also going to be a vaccination centre at the St James's hospital site in Milton. The opening date for this is not yet confirmed.
The Government has said that the next few weeks are the most dangerous for us all until the most vulnerable people in the city are vaccinated and have a level of protection. QA Hospital is under serious pressure and the staff there are working till they drop. I'm sure you'll join with me in being incredibly grateful to them, and everyone else who is working so hard to keep us all safe.
Just before Christmas my fellow Councillor & Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Gerald Vernon-Jackson, asked how to give a small thank you on behalf of the council and people of Portsmouth to all those working so hard at the hospital. After speaking with Mark Cubbon, the Chief Executive of QA Hospital, Gerald agreed to send each ward & department a tub of Quality Street. Gerald delivered our 400 tubs of thank you chocolates to the hospital and had some lovely messages back from QA staff.
The City Council is checking up on places reportedly breaking the Covid restrictions. The council has also completed a drone sweep along the promenade to help with planning by looking for pinch points where people are unable to maintain social distancing.
Finally do keep safe and well. If you, or anyone you know needs help, please do call the HIVE on 02392 616709.