The Oxford Health vaccination team includes vaccinators, doctors, pharmacists, administrators, marshals and volunteers. The Kassam-based team and their counterparts in Reading and Aylesbury have worked hard since February to administer more than half-a-million jabs between them.
It’s believed that 500,000 is the highest “score” ever to be displayed on the stadium scoreboard, but with vaccinations continuing the total is only going to go up.
Tehmeena Ajmal, Oxford Health’s director of Covid operations, said: “To have given half a million vaccinations to people in our centres in Oxford, Reading and Aylesbury in such a short period of time is testament to the hard work of everyone in the mass vaccination team.
“When you go for your vaccination there’s a whole range of people who are responsible for booking you in when you arrive, getting your jab and ensuring you are being looked after from the moment you walk in, to the time you leave.
“I would like to personally thank each and any every person who has played a part in getting us to this milestone.
“Getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19 and booking an appointment, if you are yet to be vaccinated, is very easy.”
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Vaccines started being administered to the public at the Kassam on February 1 2021 with other mass vaccination sites being opened in the following months by Oxford Health in Reading and Aylesbury.
Oxford United Manager Karl Robinson said: “It’s an amazing number and we thank everyone who has made that happen.
“We have a big game on Saturday and I am sure most of the people in the crowd will have had a jab here. We will get a great reception at kick off but really the applause belongs to the NHS and everyone who has helped get the people of Oxfordshire vaccinated.”
The Trust currently has the capacity to vaccinate over 5,000 people per day and will continue to welcome people to its vaccination centres as the national vaccination programme progresses.
Pictured celebrating on the Oxford United pitch are Steve Blair, Dannie Dykes, Sarah Hewetson-Grubb and Melody Speake – all of whom have been part of the team since day one.
Dannie Dykes, a marshal at the Kassam, said: “I love working in the vaccination centre – it’s one of my favourite jobs.
“One thing I can say is how grateful everyone who comes for their vaccination has been. It’s been really heart-warming how nice everyone has been.
“Playing our part in bringing up the half a million jabs is brilliant. It’s a wonderful result and I am proud to be part of it.
Steve Blair, an administrator, explained: “I normally work as an IT consultant but I’ve loved working here. The team spirit of all the colleagues with such a range of skills who have come together to work on vaccinating people is amazing.”
Melody Speake, a vaccinator and clinical lead, said: “The vaccination centre is a happy place.
“It’s so good to come to work and I love the interaction we have with the public and fellow colleagues.”
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Published: 17 August 2021