Bexhill Mayor praises local vaccination programme as she has the jab

Bexhill mayor Lynn Langlands has praised the vaccination programme at the Sidley Surgery Hub after having her jab recently.

Thursday, 11th February 2021, 12:12 pm

She said: “It is proving to be an excellent example of a community coming together to ensure a smooth and efficient service for all those attending to have their vaccination.

“The marshals were really helpful from parking your car to explaining the process when you entered the building. There was no queue and I had my temperature taken at the door.

“After recording my details to a very helpful volunteer I was placed in a socially distanced line to have my vaccination. There was a really pleasant young girl managing the line, and putting everyone’s mind at rest and chatting about the events of the day. Just what was needed if there was any degree of uncertainty or anxiety.

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“I met Dr Al Shamaa and r Stocks. They were amazingly efficient in their handling of each individual. They asked several questions regarding medication, other vaccinations, allergies, general health and wellbeing before administering the vaccination, Before leaving they issued me with a card to say what vaccination I received and an information leaflet.

“This is clearly a mammoth task for all concerned, and although I went at the end of the day the positive and cheerful response I received made me feel as though I was the first of the day.

The clinical director of the Bexhill Primary Care Network Dr Binodh C. Bhaskaran said on a daily basis they were administering 400 Pfizer and 500 Astra Zeneca vaccines, and to date they have administered 11,650 vaccinations in total.

Every day they have volunteers helping. There are four marshals outside, three marshals inside and two marshals at the entrance. They are made up of volunteers, patients, Rotary Club, Lions, Bexhill League of Friends, general public, family members of GPs and staff, teenagers (11-13), university students and medical students.

Dr Bhaskaran said: “The PCN Vaccination Team would like to thank everyone for their support. Our volunteers, Marshals and Surgery staff are the real heroes who have supported our project in an extra ordinary manner.

“We thank the mayor and her town bus team for their ongoing support with transporting people to and from the centre.

“We aim to vaccinate everyone who is eligible for a vaccine, if anybody has not heard or have doubts about the vaccine please speak to a health care professional to help make that decision.”