Covid-19 Vaccination in Sherborne

11th January 2021

We are delighted to report that our first Covid vaccination clinic run at the Digby Hall in Sherborne is went very well. By the end of last week we had vaccinated 1200 of our over 80s and health and social care staff.

Our care homes residents and staff will start receiving their vaccinations this week and we will be running further vaccination clinics at the hall by appointment only, on Wednesday and Thursday. Please do not contact us for your appointment, we will contact you when it is your turn for the vaccination.

All three practices are working extremely hard at the moment to ensure that we get as many patients vaccinated as soon as we can, but we are still open on our practice sites. If you have any other health concerns, please contact your surgery as normal.

Dr Rob Childs

31st December 2020

Happy New Year!

We have some good news to start the year off.  We will be receiving our first batch of vaccine (Pfizer Biontech) next week and our first Covid vaccination clinics will be taking place on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th at The Digby Hall, by the library in Sherborne.   These will be BY APPOINTMENT only. 

We will be following the government recall process on prioritisation of the vaccinations.  Our first cohort will be approximately 1000 patients over the age of 80 based on their age and clinical risk.  Do not worry if you or your relative is over 80 and doesn’t get called this week, we will be calling the remainder as soon as we get confirmation of our next delivery which will hopefully be the following week.

Following on from this this we would hope to vaccinate a 1000 patients per week so that we can immunise as many people as possible in a short a time as possible.

We will also be going into our local care and residential homes to vaccinate residents and staff within the next few weeks as well.

This good news however is not a reason for complacency. COVID numbers are rising in the Sherborne area. We had 40 cases locally last week which is a 50% increase on the week before. Please adhere to social distancing rules and protect yourselves and others. The finish line is now in sight, so please stay safe until we get there.

Dr Rob Childs



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21st December 2020

Dear Patients

We are all concerned by the variant of Covid that is spreading in the South East of England. Rates of infection locally however remain below the national average and if we follow guidance on Hands, Space and Face and the rules on gathering at Xmas, we should be able to keep the rate of infection low.

Some sites in Dorset and Somerset have commenced vaccination and we have a site in Sherborne identified, which is awaiting authorisation and delivery of vaccine and equipment. The logistics of delivering a vaccine that has to be stored at -70 degrees is considerable but we have learned from the first wave sites as how best to manage this. It is also anticipated that the Oxford vaccine will become available shortly, which will ease logistic issues and increase our capacity to vaccinate you.

We anticipate commencing our local vaccination campaign, during the week commencing 4th January 2021. We will be vaccinating those who are most vulnerable first ( over 80 and those in care homes) and those recommended nationally by the JCVI.

The clinics will be by appointment only and we will get in touch with you to make appointments. Please do not call us, we will contact you.

We plan to vaccinate at least 1000 patients per week when vaccine supplies will allow this so that we can protect all of you who may be vulnerable to this illness and in as short as time as possible. This will be a considerable challenge for the local surgeries to deliver and I ask you to understand that we may need to prioritise some work so that we have the capacity to deliver this programme as we would like.

I wish you all a Happy and Safe Christmas

Dr Rob Childs

GP lead for Covid Vaccination in the Sherborne Area Network

14th December 2020

We are disappointed that we will not be receiving any Covid Vaccines this week in Sherborne. There have been complications with logistics including supply chain , IT issues and some providers have had problems with their cold chain storage. This is not surprising in view of the speed of deployment of this vaccine.

With the help of Sherborne Town Council, we have a site ready to go in Sherborne and as soon as we have confirmed dates of delivery of vaccine and equipment and logistic issues are resolved ,we will be ready to commence a safe vaccination programme on behalf of patients of The Grove Medical Centre, The Apples Medical Centre and Yetminster Health Centre.

The first cohorts to be vaccinated will be the over 80s and those in nursing homes. We will contact you to offer you an appointment, please do not ring the surgery directly.

Vaccination is of course not compulsory, but we are confident it is safe and that the benefits will outweigh any possible risk, and we would recommend that all who are eligible take up this offer of vaccination. You can find more information about the vaccine here.

Again many thanks to Sherborne Town Council for their support in getting us to this point, especially Jon Andrews, Judith and Roger who look after the hall.

Dr Rob Childs

GP lead for Covid Vaccination in Sherborne Area Network

Published: Dec 14, 2020

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