30% of Ribble Valley residents have received their first Covid vaccine dose

The Rt Hon Nigel Evans MP has welcomed the latest figures showing that nearly 30% of people in the Ribble Valley constituency have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 3:45 pm

Already in Ribble Valley, 30,413 people, or 29.9% per cent of the population have received a vaccine – and with the programme averaging more than 2.5 million doses a week, the Prime Minister is aiming to have offered every adult a vaccine by the end of July.

The United Kingdom is leading the way with its vaccination programme. So far, more than 18.6 million people have received a vaccine – equivalent to 1 in 3 adults. This is the third-highest per capita, behind only the UAE and Israel. In addition, only two countries have administered more doses than the United Kingdom – China and the USA.

Everyone in the top four priority groups has now been offered a vaccine. The latest figures now show that two-thirds of those aged 65 to 69 have now been vaccinated.

Mrs Barbara Lawton was the first patient in Clitheroe to receive the Covid-19 vaccine by nurse Carole Kay. Picture by David Bleazard

Ribble Valley Mayor, Coun. Stella Brunskill speaking on behalf of the whole community congratulated the local NHS workers, Clitheroe and Ribblesdale Rotarians and volunteers for their efforts. She said: ‘’They have been working tirelessly at the Health Centre to achieve this great result. As a Rotarian I’ve been getting stuck in too as a volunteer!”

"The doctors and nurses in the NHS team have been supported by the two Rotary Clubs of Clitheroe and Ribblesdale, who have organised the flow of people through the vaccination process. They have aided the many elderly and vulnerable people from the drop off point back to their transport provided by their carers. In addition to Rotarians, the clubs have recruited 180 volunteers who have clocked up over 2,600 hours in the rain, snow and ice to help. The programme often starts at 7-30am and often goes on to 8pm. The volunteers are identified by the high visual jackets and the Rotarians by their yellow woolly hats.

‘’The NHS workers have vaccinated large number in care homes and the vulnerable who cannot travel in their own homes. Ribble Valley Borough Council has provided free car parking for carers waiting to pick up their charges after vaccination and provided an information hub to give advice on all aspects of help available during the pandemic. This is a massive community effort with councillors from all parties taking part along with volunteers from all organisations and walks of life across the Ribble Valley Borough. It shows what can be achieved when we all work together.’’

Whilst a large proportion of the Borough residents have been vaccinated in Clitheroe, thousands more from Longridge , Chipping and Ribchester have been vaccinated in Preston. The vaccination programme will be continuing for some time - the NHS and volunteers are ready for the return of the over-70s for their second jab.

Tireless Rotarians and friends have been working long hours doing their bit for the community in protecting lives. Picture by David Bleazard