Derbyshire vaccine programme reaches 100-day milestone

Derbyshire began the biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS, and today – Wednesday 17 March – the NHS in Derbyshire is marking the milestone with a video bringing together some of the highlights from the journey so far.

The first Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered at Royal Derby Hospital and Chesterfield Royal Hospital on December 8, just six days after the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine had been formally approved by the MHRA. 

One hundred days and 430,000 doses later, Derbyshire has 25 vaccination sites, ranging from GP practices and community halls to a converted theatre and the enormous mass vaccination centre at Derby Arena.  

The first person to receive their vaccination in a primary care setting in Derbyshire was 101-year-old Robert Stopford-Taylor at Stubley Medical Practice on December 17.  

Vaccination sites were undeterred by Storm Christoph on January 22, or heavy snow in southern Derbyshire in the following days, with vaccinations continuing thanks to the efforts of staff and volunteers. The public did their bit as well, braving difficult weather to get their vaccinations.  

Another highlight of the past 100 days was the visit to Derby Arena by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on February 8.  

You can see a video revisiting some of these highlights here. 

Joined Up Care Derbyshire Executive Medical Director Steve Lloyd said it was a moment to reflect on an incredible effort by many people across the county: “The last 100 days have seen us roll out an incredibly effective vaccination programme to hundreds of thousands of people, and I want to thank the thousands of staff and volunteers who have contributed to this.  

“From those on the front line delivering the vaccine to those organising and co-ordinating, it has been an amazing effort. Volunteers have streamed in to help, many of them former staff coming out of retirement, and they have been essential.  

“It’s also important that we pay tribute to all those in our hospitals, GP practices and in community settings who are still delivering essential care.  

“I’m very proud of all their efforts on behalf of patients, and it’s encouraging that we are 100 days closer to getting back to some sort of normal life.  

100 days stats and dates  

  • Total doses: 430,000
  • Vaccination sites: 25
  • First vaccinations: December 8, 2020 @ Royal Derby Hospital and Chesterfield Royal Hospital
  • First primary care site opened: Stubley Medical Centre, December 18
  • Mass vaccination site opened: Derby Arena, January 25    

Current vaccination sites:  

Hospital hubs  

  • Royal Derby Hospital
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital
  • Kingsway Hospital  

Vaccination centre  

  • Derby Arena   

Local Vaccination Service sites  

  • Babington Hospital, Belper
  • Buxton Medical Practice
  • Church Farm Primary Care Centre, Ripley
  • Derby Arena (co-located with mass vaccination centre)
  • Littlewick Medical Centre
  • Long Eaton Health Centre
  • Newholme Hospital, Bakewell
  • Oaklands Village Care Home, Swadlincote
  • St Oswald’s Hospital, Ashbourne
  • Sharley Park Leisure Cenre, Clay Cross
  • Shirebrook Leisure Centre
  • Springs Health Centre, Clowne
  • Stubley Medical Centre, Dronfield
  • Thornbrook Surgery
  • Winding Wheel Theatre, Chesterfield   

Pharmacy-led sites  

  • Casa Hotel, Chesterfield
  • Hathersage Memorial Hall
  • Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall
  • Ikhlas Community Centre, Normanton, Derby
  • Jubilee Hall, Hatton
  • Pinxton Village Hall
  • St John’s Methodist Church, Allestree