We are all extremely pleased that as a country we have been one of the leading nations in rolling out the vaccinations to the identified personnel across our nation.
However the whole situation locally appears muddled and confused. Perhaps it is because there are too many large organisations involved in the process.
All the public want to know is. “When will it be my turn and where will I have to travel to?” Quite correctly we are told not to ring our busy GP surgeries. We have to wait for the phone call or text.
For those who care for elderly relatives this creates some issues. When will I have to take time from work in order to accompany my loved one, where do I have to take them?
Finding out this information appears a very complex issue. There is no communication from Sefton Local Authority, the Clinical Commissioning Group, The NHS or our Public Health Officer concerning what is happening locally. Undoubtedly, they are all working very arduously but perhaps need to direct some of their focus to communication strategies.
Whilst Liverpool CCG have stipulated that they do not want to publish the location of centres used for vaccination purposes in order to stop people just turning up, surely, we deserve better than this. Big bold signage stipulating appointment only would prevent opportunists from just turning up. Please credit the public with some common sense.
The data on the progress with regard to vaccinating those in Care Homes, National Health Staff and the over 80’s is relayed on a daily basis to the Government. Why is it impossible to provide that information to the local population? Health watch Sefton, would surely want to be involved in this.
Just who, is actually in charge of this process? We have Chief Executives, 6 Executive Directors, Public Health Officers, and two Heads of CCG within Sefton. Now is the time to communicate in a professional and timely manner with your public.
The link below shows vaccination data by NHS region across England on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
Please note it is broken down by the North West Region for us and not local authorities.