Ramsgate covid vaccination programme completes all elderly care home residents and staff jabs


An update has been given on covid vaccination progress for people registered with Ramsgate GP surgeries.

The five Ramsgate practices, Dashwood, East Cliff, The Grange, Newington and Summerhill, are working together to deliver the vaccine programme. Between the five practices they care for over 51,000 patients across Ramsgate.

The Montefiore Medical Centre, which houses both East Cliff and the Grange practices, has been designated as the main vaccine site for Ramsgate.

Patients of Dashwood, East Cliff and Summerhill will be offered a vaccination at East Cliff Surgery (at Montefiore). Patients of The Grange and Newington will be offered a vaccination at The Grange Surgery (at Montefiore).

Appointments are based on the national priority list. There will be home visits arranged for housebound patients.

As of  January 21 the hub of practices has completed vaccinating all residents in Ramsgate living in a care home for older adults, along with their carers.

The GPs have vaccinated around 60% of patients aged 80 years of age and over and plan to complete first vaccinations of the remaining patients by January 30.

Frontline health and social care workers registered at one of the practices are advised to follow guidance from their employer and attend hospital hub sites for vaccination.

Within the Montefiore Medical Centre medical staff have already delivered around 2,600 doses and by close of play on Saturday they are expecting to have delivered more than 3,500 doses.

A statement from Montefiore Medical Centre says: “We are prioritising this programme and committing all available staff to this effort as well as recruiting bank staff and volunteers. All of these staff need to be screened and trained. A significant proportion of staff are working extra hours to ensure this programme runs smoothly.

“We are dependent upon vaccine supply. At the moment this is centrally decided and we only receive notification of delivery a few days in advance making it challenging to plan clinics.

“We administer the vast majority of vaccine stock we receive within two days of them arriving at the surgery. If more stock were available we would increase our efforts to vaccinate more people sooner.

“This is not like a flu vaccination programme. There are distinct differences in how the different vaccines are managed and handled.

“Typically with flu vaccines we receive prefilled syringes. The Covid Vaccines come in vials and require careful handling and drawing up into syringes meaning the process takes longer.

“Additionally with the Pfizer vaccine, patients are required to wait 15 minutes after their vaccination meaning we have a slower flow of patients through the clinics.

“All practices remain open and we are having to manage the same daily workload alongside running the vaccination programme”

Priority groups

Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers (Complete)

All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers (In progress)

All those 75 years of age and over (In progress)

All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (Due to start shortly)

All those 65 years of age and over (Not yet started)

All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality (Not yet started)

All those 60 years of age and over (Not yet started)

All those 55 years of age and over (Not yet started)

All those 50 years of age and over (Not yet started)

Large vaccination programme underway at St Peter’s Church Hall


  1. Well done to everyone. I hope maximum support and help is becoming available to these hubs and all who are working so so hard.

  2. Thank you for the update on Montefiore surgery about covid vaccinations. It is nice to know how they are going

  3. Well done to everyone involved in organising and administering these vaccinations. You are in an unenviable position of being placed under incredible strain during these unprecedented times – something that nobody envisioned and for which no plans could ever be made, with the world not having ever experienced anything like this in modern times with ease of travel etc etc. Thank you to everyone in the NHS all other front line services for everything you do.

  4. That’s amazing news, Congratulations on this phase. Very well done All Nurses and GP’s and Medics involved So happy for you all, especially those all now protected in this highly vulnerable group 🙂

  5. I’m 73 and have never been offered a flu jab by the east cliff practice I only hope I do get offered a covid jab.

    • Can I just say in response to this comment I’m 50 years old and I have been offered a flu jab. Maybe you should phone the surgery.

      • Do NOT phone the surgery. You will Tue up the phone lines fir a really serious call.
        As to the flu jab: either check your surgery’s web site to see what arrangements they have, alternatively book a slot at your local pharmacy (free, if you’re a Senior Citizen)

  6. Surely that number of 51k for Ramsgate alone cannot be right…that is circa 10k per practice and I believe that the population of Thanet is circa 140k

  7. How can Thanet boast of Vaccinating the top three layers and are now starting those over 70 and those with severe disease(I HAVE COPD)
    Three weeks ago I was contacted by St Thomas hospital in London inviting me for my first Jab.
    Having heard nothing from my GP I drove 75 miles to London and even though I am vulnerable and have been shielding I was given an appointment in two days!!
    Three weeks later to the day I still have not heard from my GP?? I am 74 years old.
    I rang 119 to enquire if I could get my second jab due in April locally.I was informed that no vaccination service was available in my age group,and severely ill.
    I was told by my surgery they were still completing the care home and over 75 group.
    Matt Hancock advised all people that have not been contacted by there GP to call now and make an appointment.
    I received the written government invite 3 weeks ago !
    I am amazed that Thanet is giving the vulnerable false information,I realise many will not be fit enough to make a 75 mile journey.
    Surely the Thanet media should be exposing this cover up.

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