A DOCTOR who helped to oversee thousands of Covid inoculations at Rugby’s Covid vaccination centre has won a prestigious award.
Dr Norman Byrd was presented with the Clinician of the Year award in the Medicine category at the very first Covid-19 Vaccination Awards.
Dr Byrd was the Clinical Director at the Locke House Vaccination Centre, the most prolific vaccination site in the Coventry and Warwickshire region.
Between December 2020 and March 2022, around 200 volunteers and clinicians at the Woodside Park site helped to deliver 165,000 vaccinations, 950 a day on average – more than any other vaccination centre in the region.
Covid vaccination volunteers, clinicians, support workers and administrative teams throughout the Midlands were recognised for their work at the ceremony.
Other winners in the Coventry and Warwickshire area included Fatima Ladak from Left Hand Grafton House Pharmacy in Alcester who scooped Clinician of the Year for Pharmacy, Lorraine Lewis from Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust who was runner up for Clinician of the Year in the Nursing category, and Carl Rose from United Reform Church in Nuneaton who won Allied Health Professional Clinician of the Year.
Speaking on behalf of all the local winners, Kerry Doughty, Coventry and Warwickshire Covid-19 Vaccination Programme Lead, said: “It has been fantastic that the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the vaccination programme has been recognised in this way.
“We were delighted to have won in a number of categories and to have received recognition for different aspects of our programme, which really showcases how successfully we have worked as partner organisations across Warwickshire.”
Since the first vaccination was given to then 90-year-old Maggie Keenan at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire in December 2020, more than 2.5million doses have been delivered in Coventry and Warwickshire, helping to prevent hospitalisations and serious illness from Covid.