The NHS across the Humber, Coast and Vale area has joined the largest immunisation programme in history, with the first local COVID-19 PfizerBioNTech vaccinations administered today in North Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull.
Nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff are working alongside GPs to vaccinate those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and residents, identified as priority groups for the life-saving vaccine.
Like hospital staff, who launched the world-leading campaign last week, practice teams have been working rapidly to redesign their sites and put in place safe processes to meet the tough logistical challenges of offering the vaccination.
Harry and Mary Williams, 91 and 88, were among the first people to receive their vaccines today in Scunthorpe. They have just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary together.
Harry said: “We’re very pleased to finally get the vaccine. We received the call and we were more than happy to take it.”
Mary said: “It’s been hard self-isolating. We’ve missed our friends. This vaccine gives us hope.”
Local GP and Medical Director for NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, Dr Satpal Shekhawat said:
“Being able to deliver this vaccine to the most vulnerable people in our communities is a huge milestone in what has been a very difficult year.
“I would just like to thank all staff who have been working relentlessly behind the scenes to put these vaccination plans in place, enabling us to join the UK’s effort to protect local people from the devastating impacts of this virus.”
Local GP, Dr Hardik Ghandi, said:
“We are very excited to start the vaccinations in Scunthorpe, with North Lincolnshire patients. I’m very thankful to all patients and staff involved, for the help and support they’ve given. It’s been a team effort that we’ve managed to pull this through.
“Our message to local residents is please do not call your practice to ask about the vaccine, as we are all working through a priority list. Your practice will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine.”