Colleagues who have worked in UHDB’s Vaccine Hubs throughout the pandemic have seen the priceless impact they have made to our communities recognised with an incredibly well-deserved award.
Over the last few months, literally hundreds of re-deployed staff from all corners of the Trust have come together to create and then operate the Vaccination Hubs at Royal Derby Hospital and Queen’s Hospital Burton.
Thanks to the commitment shown by both teams, UHDB has managed to administer more than 44,000 Covid-19 vaccines to some of the most clinically vulnerable people in Derbyshire and Staffordshire, UHDB colleagues and other frontline health and social workers.
It goes without saying but the success of the Vaccine Hub programme has had a hugely positive impact in helping to protect people in our communities, so the Trust was delighted to be able to honour these colleagues with a Making a Difference Award, which was virtually presented to the teams by CEO Gavin Boyle.
“I’d just like to acknowledge the absolutely incredible contribution all of these colleagues made in running our Vaccine Hubs so successfully,” said Gavin.
“Through extreme flexibility and by demonstrating a real can-do attitude, you allowed us to administer more than 46,000 jabs to help keep people safe and to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in our communities. This is a truly incredible achievement. You are all an inspiration to our entire organisation.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
After first opening up the Vaccine Hubs at RDH and QHB last December and in January respectively, the hubs were then re-opened once again in March and then April, so that all those who had had their first jab with us were able to have their second dose on site.
Caitlin Richens, Vaccine Hub programme manager, said: “This was such a special experience to be part of. Everyone was so positive and committed, despite the constant changes. This behaviour helped us to deliver such a fabulous vaccine programme, so I’d like to thank everyone for being so amazing.”
Viv Jones, clinical lead for the vaccination programme at QHB, added: “In the NHS, sometimes things seem to move slowly, so to get this all up and running in such a short space of time was amazing. It has made me so proud to work at Team UHDB and within the NHS.”