Bosses at a medical centre in Birkenhead have been singing the praises of their staff after hitting a key milestone in their Covid-19 vaccination mission.

Birkenhead Medical Building has to date completed over 25,000 vaccinations after the programme commenced on December 14.

The main focus of their service has been to target patients registered with the 20 practices who are part of Arno Primary Care Alliance and North Coast Alliance Networks.

Dr John Mottram of Blackheath Medical Centre and joint clinical director of North Coast Alliance said: “ From the outset, we were well aware of the enormity of this task, but never did I doubt our ability to deliver. I feel incredibly privileged to be part of this team.


"25,000 vaccinations is a massive achievement and we all feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. What impresses me most of all is the enthusiasm, drive and commitment of my colleagues.

"To our volunteers, car park assistants, admin team, PAs, nurses, GPs and especially all those healthcare professionals who have returned to the workplace after retirement, thank you all.”

The Covid 19 vaccination programme is progressing at a rapid pace across Wirral's six GP led sites and a further location at Clatterbridge Hospital, with over 107,000 people having now received their first dose.

Miriam Primary Care Group is co-ordinating the delivery of this service on behalf of Arno and North Coast Networks.

Dr Salahuddin of Gladstone / Teehey Medical Centre and joint clinical director of Arno Primary Care Alliance said: “ I am very proud of our group of practices to achieve the targets and my special thanks go to the staff members who ensured that the patients are contacted to receive the vaccination.”


Dr Abhi Mantgani of Miriam Primary Care Group & Clinical Lead for the service added: “ We have made every effort to vaccinate all persons within Groups 1-6 as recommended by the national guidance, all our care home residents and housebound patients, frontline health and social care professionals.

"We are working with the Wirral Multicultural Organisation and Tomorrows Women to target vulnerable persons, the BAME population and other at risk groups. We are also collaborating with Merseyside Police and Fire & Rescue service to protect frontline professionals.”

The service now plans to rebook all those who are due their second dose from the beginning of March in a phased manner and continue to deliver the first dose to more groups.

Dr Paula Cowan, Chair Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group commended the centre's effort.

She said: “I am immensely proud of the achievements of the vaccine delivery programme across Wirral and the enormous amount of work which Primary Care colleagues have put into this.

"This is a collective achievement as demonstrated by the amazing number of vaccinations - 25,000 - administered by the team, led by Dr Mantgani, at Birkenhead Medical Building since December.

"I applaud you all for your endeavours and am more than happy to continue to support this programme as we progress through all of the cohorts and ensure our Wirral residents are vaccinated."