Message of thanks from the High Sheriff of Somerset
A letter from the High Sheriff of Somerset to volunteers supporting the local vaccination programme.
I would like to introduce myself as the High Sheriff of Somerset. As High Sheriff, I am concerned with the maintenance of law and order and I take a keen interest in the security, safety and welfare of those living in the county. When I heard of the need for volunteers for the Vaccination Programme, I played a very small part by spreading the word through social media.
You, on the other hand, are one of a tremendous 1100 people who have signed up to volunteer, helping in 20 centres across the county, including Primary Care Hubs, GP surgeries, Taunton Race Course and the Bath & West Showground. This work is urgent, integral and essential to the physical and mental welfare of everyone in Somerset. To be successful, this Programme means getting the vaccine into everyone’s arms as quickly and efficiently as possible. This will only be achieved by a huge and unprecedented mobilisation of concerted effort. The fact that you have volunteered in such numbers and with such enthusiasm is why it will work.
Somerset has been so successful already. On 11 February, the Health Service Journal published the county results, and with 93.4% of over 70s and 96.3% of over 80s receiving their first jab, Somerset topped the list! This is fantastic. This achievement is a huge credit to all the Volunteers and to Somerset County Council and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.
I want to recognise you and thank you wholeheartedly for all the work you are doing. You know the enormity of the task ahead. We are not talking about a two-week race here. This is going to be a 9-month marathon, at a sprint. You are giving your time, with patience, tolerance and good humour. I want to thank you for stepping up to the challenge to serve the people of Somerset in this magnificent way.
With my very best wishes,
Mary Clare Rodwell
High Sheriff of Somerset