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Leader calls for patience as vaccine roll-out begins

Leader calls for patience as vaccine roll-out begins
06 January 2021

Council chiefs have urged people to be patient as the phased roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations gets underway in Darlington.

In line with other parts of the country, the vaccination programme in Darlington is being managed by the NHS, not the council.

Jabs have already been given to a number of care home residents in Darlington.

Darlington Primary Care Network (PCN) is working on delivering Covid-19 vaccinations to patients in the top two priority groups, as set out in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation guidance.

Patients in Darlington are being encouraged not to call their GP surgeries to ask about vaccinations, but to wait to be contacted when it is their turn.

Councillor Heather Scott, Leader of Darlington Borough Council, said: “Even with the uncertainty of another national lockdown upon us, it is nevertheless encouraging that vaccinations are starting to be rolled out in Darlington.

“The council stands ready to support the NHS with the vaccination programme in whatever way we can – facilitating the use of venues is one example of this.

“I would encourage everyone – regardless of which priority group they feel they are in – to wait to be contacted about their vaccination, rather than contacting their surgery. Please be patient.

“In the meantime, the best thing we can all do to keep ourselves, our loved ones and our communities safe is to follow the rules: stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.”

An update for patients has been published by Darlington PCN at

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