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Over 26,000 Covid jabs given at Milford War Memorial Hospital

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THE Covid-19 vaccination team at Milford War Memorial Hospital have celebrated administering more than 26,000 jabs.

Efforts of staff and about 50 volunteers were credited with the achievement announced by the New Forest Primary Care Network grouping, comprising Wistaria and Milford Medical Centres, Lyndhurst Surgery, Chawton House Surgery and New Forest Central Medical Group.

Retired doctors and nurses are among those who have been delivering the vaccines at the Sea Road hospital alongside non-medical volunteers.

Some of the vaccination team at Milford-on-Sea War Memorial Hospital
Some of the vaccination team at Milford-on-Sea War Memorial Hospital

Clinical director Dr Sally Johnston said: "Delivering this number of vaccines has involved a huge amount of work from everyone. However, it has also been a great privilege to be a part of this team which is protecting our local population from the pandemic."

The local news came as the UK passed the milestone of 50-million coronavirus jabs given across the nation in what has been hailed as the largest vaccination programme in NHS history.

It also coincided with latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released yesterday (Tuesday) which showed no coronavirus deaths for the second week running in both the New Forest or BCP Council area, which includes Christchurch.

The provisional figures from the ONS related to instances where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate up to 30th April but were registered up to 8th May.

Previously reported numbers can change after being updated by the ONS.

The number of new weekly Covid-19 infections in the New Forest continued to drop this week, according to separate government figures.

On Tuesday, there were just 16 new cases in the district over the latest seven-day period, compared with 18 last week. The rate per 100,000 people was 8.9.

Across the UK there were 14,229 new weekly cases, giving a rate of 21.3 per 100,000 people.

In the BCP conurbation the number of new weekly cases fell from 59 to 45. The rate per 100,000 people was 11.4.

The infection figures are for the number of people with at least one lab-confirmed positive Covid-19 test result in the preceding seven days.

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