THE COVID vaccine roll-out has been really successful in West Dorset, with more than 66,350 residents having their first dose.
This equates to 81 per cent of adults and has seen West Dorset regularly listed as the number one area in England for vaccination rate, with some patients as young as 30 having already received the first dose.
In Bridport, this has been made possible by staff from all surgeries in the Jurassic Coast Primary Care Network, which includes Barton House Medical Practice, Charmouth Medical Practice, Lyme Bay Medical practices and Ammonite Health Partnership – The Tollerford Practice and Bridport Medical Centre – as well as an army of volunteers.
With restrictions easing and more people going back to work, more volunteers are need to help the COVID vaccine clinics continue to run smoothly.
Clinics are usually held at Bridport Medical Centre, now known as Ammonite Bridport, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but it is dependent on when vaccines are delivered.
The volunteers are from the Bridport Coronavirus Community Support Group and if you would like to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The medical centre would also like to make patients aware that the parking arrangements for COVID vaccinations has changed.
Free parking is no longer available in West Street/bus station car park. Instead, parking is available in the field behind the surgery by turning into Edwards Close and volunteers will show you where to go.
Parking spaces outside the surgery are reserved for blue badge holders and those with mobility issues and are available by coming in the medical centre’s main entrance.