Life-saving vaccination programme up for national award

Published on Aug 08, 2022

The life-saving vaccine rollout programme in North Lincolnshire has been shortlisted for a prestigious national honour.

The campaign has been shortlisted for this year’s eagerly anticipated Health Service Journal awards.

The Vaccine Programme Award recognises excellence in the planning and delivery of the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

The success of North Lincolnshire’s vaccination programme is a collaborative effort between what was previously known an NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, North Lincolnshire Council, Safecare Network, North Lincolnshire GP practices, pharmacies and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Foundation Trust.

The joint project enabled North Lincolnshire’s largest vaccination centre in the heart of Scunthorpe to open, and the barriers of language, ethnicity and socio-economic factors that prevented our population from getting the vaccine were challenged.

The programme was exclusive to all and excluded no one, with staff working tirelessly to encourage vaccine confidence among our culturally diverse communities via videos and leaflets translated into several languages, as well as setting up outreach sessions to take the vaccines to people in the community – including mosques, gurdwaras, the homeless and workplaces.

Dr Satpal Shekhawat, local GP and Senior Responsible Officer for the programme, said: “It is terrific news that we have been shortlisted, and that the collaborative work has been recognised.

“I would like to thank all the partners who worked tirelessly on this project, and for coming together to make the vaccination programme a reality – without the help of all the partners, it would not have been possible.

Dr Shekhawat added: “Despite all the challenges we faced with the pandemic, the vaccination programme has been invaluable to the way we work and has set a precedent for how we will continue to work in the future and establish new projects to benefit the people and our communities ultimately.

“It undoubtedly saved lives, that may otherwise have not been saved.

“We won’t stop here though as we have an important autumn booster programme to rollout ahead of a challenging winter. We aim to do the same again and more.

Peter Thorpe, Chief Executive of North Lincolnshire Council, added:

“The vaccine rollout programme was a game changer in the fight against Covid-19. It saw all partners coming together quickly and effectively to deliver an unprecedented programme to keep people safe and well in North Lincolnshire.

“I am delighted that this hard work and collaboration has been recognised nationally, especially of our clear ambition to be as inclusive as possible to make sure all parts of our community benefitted from the vaccine”.

“We will continue to work collaboratively across the health and care sectors in North Lincolnshire to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities for local people.”

The full list of nominees for the HSJ Awards 2022 is available here: https://awards.hsj.co.uk/shortlist-2022.

Winners will be selected ahead of the 2022 HSJ awards ceremony, which is due to be held at Evolution London on 17 Thursday November 2022.

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