The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn has today begun its COVID-19 vaccination programme.
The vast majority of vaccinations in this initial phase will be prioritised for those aged 80 and over and care home workers, in line with Government policy and consistent with other hospitals.
Any unfilled appointment slots will be used to vaccinate QEH staff at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
Local residents Mavis and Ronald Cleaver were the first patients to receive vaccinations at the hospital this morning. Mavis said: “We feel very privileged, it has been a difficult year for everybody and it feels wonderful to be here.”
Dr April Brown, Chief Nurse at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, says: “This is a historic moment for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and our local community. The COVID-19 vaccination programme is spearheading our response to the pandemic. We are delighted to be able to start offering the vaccination to the most vulnerable people in our care, alongside some of our dedicated front line staff who have worked tirelessly in the run up to and over Christmas to deliver safe and compassionate care for our patients.”
“The NHS has made an excellent start to rolling out COVID-19 vaccines to over 500,000 people who need them most. This is the biggest vaccination programme the NHS has ever undertaken, and hundreds of thousands of people have already received their first COVID-19 vaccination dose, delivered by NHS teams in hundreds of hospital hubs, local GP-led services and some care homes.
However, this will be a marathon and not a sprint. The recent rise in cases and new variant of the virus means that we cannot let our guard down.”
The public have an important part to play:
- please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, they will contact you;
- when they do contact you, please attend your booked appointments;
- please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives (including following social distancing rules, wearing face masks and washing your hands).
For more information about the COVID vaccine, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/
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