North Hampshire Rotary clubs joined forces to help with the Cover 19 vaccination of patients in the NHS North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group which stretches from Hartley Wintney to Overton and from Alton toTadley.
A mass vaccination centre was rapidly set up by the NHS team at the Hampshire Court Hotel, Chineham, Basingstoke.
When the call came for help, Rotary quickly organised the six clubs in the North Hampshire area, Alton, Basingstoke, Basingstoke Deane , Basingstoke Loddon, Odiham & Hook from District 1110 and Hart from District 1145. They swiftly agreed to supply and manage marshals to organise the car parkingand the patients in the outside waiting area before entering the centre where theclinical staff took over.
Rotary’s efforts were well received with messages of support for their work with the vaccination programme.
• “It’s so typical of Rotary to be in the forefront of these sort of things.”
• “My husband was in Rotary and would be proud of you all – it’s so well organised.“
• “You’re such nice people – we really appreciate the care you’ve taken of us today – thank you so much.”
The six Rotary Clubs continued their support for six months finishing on 1st July 2021. During this time 81 Rotarians and 38 family and friends contributed 6,000 man hours,10 hours a day 7 days a week to help vaccinate 160,000 patients. The vaccination centre’s performance was one of the top 5 in the country and they were thanked by the Minister of Health for their achievement.
The Rotary Clubs of North Hampshire are delighted to have been able to contribute to this potentially life changing programme by supporting the local NHS team. It has been a great example of Rotary Clubs working together especially as they were not all from the same District.
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