“Fantastic effort” sees over half a million vaccinated in West Yorkshire

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The leader of the West Yorkshire Vaccination programme has paid tribute to the fantastic efforts of GPs, pharmacists and NHS staff, which have seen over half a million of the region’s adults vaccinated.

The latest figures show that 531,052 people have now been vaccinated, which is approximately a quarter of the adult population in West Yorkshire.

Dr Phil Wood, who heads the region’s programme, said he was delighted so many of those at greatest risk from Covid-19 had now been given a first dose of the vaccine and that this was a “remarkable achievement”.

“We have been working round the clock to get people in West Yorkshire vaccinated as quickly as possible and the success of this is clear when you see how many people we have managed to vaccinate in just 10 weeks. This really is a remarkable achievement, particularly when NHS colleagues have also been dealing with such high levels of Covid-19 patients requiring hospital care. We are also very grateful to our partners in the local authorities and voluntary sector who have been supporting the vaccination programme and helping us to ensure as many people as possible are protected.”

Dr Wood said the rollout is continuing at pace across West Yorkshire. Vaccinations are now being offered to people in the next cohorts  – over 65s and people aged 16 and over with underlying health conditions and carers. Eligible people will be contacted by their GP practice or the national booking system when it is their turn and are asked not to contact the NHS for an appointment

Dr Wood added: “Please can we ask people not to contact their GP practice for an appointment, unless they are over 70 or registered as extremely clinically vulnerable. Everyone else should wait to be contacted – services are extremely busy and GP practices will not be able to book vaccination appointments unless you have been contacted by the NHS.

“We are also asking people to attend for their booked appointments at exactly the time they’re asked to, so that we can avoid queues in this cold weather, and to continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus. This is important even if you’ve had the vaccine as you may still be able to spread the disease so please think of others and do your bit to help save lives.”

For media enquiries, please contact: or 0113 206 4625. 

Weekly vaccination figures are published each Thursday for the period ending 23.59 on the preceding Sunday.

For further information please see

Online Seminar on Covi19 and the Vaccine – Friday 12.2.21 6pm to 8pm

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This Free Online Seminar wants to communicate an Islamic Perspective on The Covid-19 Virus and the Vaccine.

Find answers to the questions around receiving the vaccine and what Islam say on the Pandemic.

Free Online Seminar – Friday 12.2.21 – Time 6pm to 8pm

Please register on:

 Ask your questions to Scholars and Doctors working together in the field

Speakers include:

Dr Najeeb Rahman – Consultant in A&E – LGI
Dr Sharif Al-Ghazal – Consultant & President of the British Islamic Medical Association
Dr Abid Aziz – Consultant Chest Physician BRI
Sheikh Osman – Chaplaincy Imam
Yusuf and Junaid – The Two White Muslims
Imam/Dr Dadibhai – Masjid Talha
Dr Hina Shahid – Chair, Muslim Doctors Assoc.
Sheikh Yunus Dudhwala – Head of Chaplaincy
Sheikh Ilyas Dalal – Imam and Chaplain
Dr Imtiyaz Patel – Chair IMWS
Qari Asim – Imam Makkah Masjid Leeds

Hosted by Kaushar Tai – Director: Aksaa 

This is a Partnership Initiative 


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Calderdale COVID-19 vaccination engagement

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Please disregard the previous blog post – the correct information is below:

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group is working in partnership with Calderdale Council, Healthwatch Calderdale and VSI Alliance, and would like to know your views and experiences of the Covid-19 vaccines.

If you have received a COVID-19 vaccination already, you can feedback about your experience of the vaccination process here:

Alternatively, you can scan the QR code on the below poster.

If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccination, we would like to hear your views on the vaccine and how well informed you feel about it. Please complete the following survey to let us know:


If you have had a positive experience with your vaccination and would be happy to share your story, we would love to hear from you. Please contact


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Be COVID Prepared

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Key message this week is that people should be prepared to self-isolate immediately, as they may be identified as a contact of a positive person at any time.

People should create a covid plan in the same way they’re encouraged to create a flood plan.

Get the information to hand about where to get help with key tasks if you are told to isolate. Who will get shopping, who will walk the dog, who will take the children to school?

Help available from various neighbourhood covid support groups (see map on or from Calderdale council 01422-392890 or website.

Review of COVID-19 information on the Calderdale Council website

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Calderdale Council is currently reviewing the information about COVID-19 that is on the Council website.
We want to make sure the information is easy to find and easy to understand.

We would like to get some feedback from our residents about what COVID-19 information is communicated on our CMBC website and how this information is set out.

We would like to ask you to complete this short survey:

By answering the following questions you will be helping us to understand how we can improve the COVID-19 pages of the website.

The closing date for the survey is Friday 19th February

Thank you

People in West Yorkshire will be called for vaccine over next few weeks

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The NHS is reassuring people in West Yorkshire that they will be contacted when it’s time for their COVID-19 vaccine appointment – and there’s no need for them to contact services.


The COVID-19 vaccination rollout in West Yorkshire is well underway – over a quarter of million people have now had their first vaccination and the NHS expects to have offered appointments to everyone in the first four priority groups over the next few weeks. This includes people in care homes, people aged 70 and over and those who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, as well as frontline health and care workers.


The NHS will contact people when it is their turn to have a vaccination and is asking people not to contact their local GP practice or NHS to book an appointment.


People will either be contacted by their local practice for an appointment at their local service or will receive a letter from the national booking system. This will tell them how to book an appointment at one of the vaccination centres or community pharmacy centres that are within a reasonable distance from where they live.


Dr Phil Wood, Senior Responsible Officer for the West Yorkshire Vaccination Programme said:  “We understand that people want to make sure that they will get a vaccination – and that’s exactly what we want too.   “We are asking people to help the NHS vaccinate people as quickly as possible by waiting for us to contact you. Vaccination supplies are delivered at different times and practices will have different numbers of patients in each priority group, so please don’t worry if you haven’t received your invitation yet but somebody you know has. The NHS is working very hard to ensure everyone who is eligible receives their invitation as soon as possible and we will contact everyone in the first four priority groups over the next few weeks.”


In West Yorkshire, there are now 43 GP-run vaccination centres, 8 community pharmacy centres and 10 hospital vaccination centres. The first large vaccination centre opened in Wakefield this week, and will be followed by centres in Bradford, Huddersfield and Leeds shortly.


It is extremely important that people take up the offer of having the vaccine when they are contacted to protect themselves and the people around them.


The vaccine is given as two doses. People will have the second dose 10-12 weeks after having the first dose; this will either be booked when making their first appointment or the NHS will be in touch to follow up at the right time.


People who have had the vaccine are reminded that they still need to follow national Government guidance to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.


For more information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme in West Yorkshire, visit:

Covid Live Q&A: Vaccinating Calderdale Thursday 4th Feb @ 19:00 UTC

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Calderdale MBC will be hosting a live Q&A session over Facebook regarding the Covid vaccination programme in Calderdale.

Have you got a question about the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Calderdale?

Tune in to Calderdale Council’s Facebook for their LIVE Q&A session on Thursday 4th February at 7.00 pm and have your questions answered live by their panel.   To join please go to the Calderdale Council Facebook Page, Events section



Debs Harkins
Neil Smurthwaithe
Geetha Chandrasekaran


Vaccination information for front line VCS workers & volunteers supporting health, social care and the most disadvantaged clients

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Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team



The Local NHS across Calderdale and Kirklees is working with Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust Hospital and their respective Councils, and we are now able to offer vaccinations to frontline VCS paid workers and volunteers who support individuals with their health, social care or those who are most disadvantaged or vulnerable.

Priorities have been identified in accordance with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and Green Book guidance – see

If you have not already heard directly from the vaccination team, but think members of your team who deliver face to face work with clients (or will return to delivering front line services after lockdown) should receive the vaccination, in the first instance please contact;  Catherine Bann, Emergency Covid-19 Coordinator,



About VSI Alliance: All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact  

Shielding Experts webinar February 3rd, 2021

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As the number of cases of COVID-19 rises rapidly, and the third national lockdown continues, shielding advice has once again been issued to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.


Advice to shield at home until at least 21 February has been re-issued to over 100,000 people in West Yorkshire and will be reviewed during this period should it need to be extended.


West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP), along with the Local Resilience Forum, West Yorkshire Prepared, will host ‘The Shielding Experts’ webinar on Wednesday 3 February, providing a valuable opportunity to listen to people about their experiences of shielding.


Attendees will hear insight from research and surveys, and importantly the personal experiences of those who shielded, including staff, to inform our health and care practice this winter and beyond. The aim is to support people who live and work across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to put the right conditions in place to enable those with the highest clinical risk to stay happy, healthy and safe.


This session is suitable for people who work across the health and care sector or anyone involved in the shielding response in local places, including the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, local NHS and council staff. Speakers include shielding experts by experience as well as Rob Webster, CEO Lead for WY&H HCP; Hannah Davies, CEO for Healthwatch, Leeds; John Walsh, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust; Ann-Louise Caress, University of Huddersfield; Dave Thompson, Kirklees Council, and Rachael Loftus, Head of Regional Health Partnerships.


Rob Webster said: ‘Over 100,000 people have been shielding in West Yorkshire and Harrogate. Our councils and VCSE partners have been magnificent throughout the pandemic, supporting people through local partnerships, including hundreds of volunteers. This opportunity to share their experiences, which have often been hidden behind closed doors in every community, is invaluable in improving services further in the future’.


Rachael Loftus said: ‘Councils are working hard to ensure that clinically extremely vulnerable people have the right support to enable them to follow the shielding advice. We know how hard shielding is for people and we hope that our webinar will contribute to improving the quality of their care and increase understanding of the people who are making extraordinary efforts  and significant sacrifices to stay safe at this time’.


Connie Cluderay, from Leeds said: ‘As a shielder, I welcome the opportunity to share my story.  It’s great that people want to take part in the conversation and listen to us’.


Cllr Rebecca Charlwood, Chair of Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board said: ‘This event will give people who have been shielding at home the opportunity to share their personal experience. The pandemic has been hard for all, and especially for people who have been isolating at home and very often alone without family and friends close by. Our communities have been fantastic, offering kindness, practical support, and compassion throughout. It’s really important to bring people together to share the overall experience and learning’.


Robin Tuddenham, Co-chair of the Local Resilience Forum and CEO for Calderdale Council said: ‘The way that partners have come together with our communities to support those shielding has been one of the really positive experiences from the pandemic. It’s a story of kindness and quiet determination, with our voluntary and community sector playing such a pivotal role. This event will provide an opportunity to listen and learn, and in particular understand the lived experience of those who have shielded, and what this tells us about how to build back a stronger health and care system in West Yorkshire.’


Further details about the webinar and how to book can be found here