Today, a milestone was achieved as Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust gave the first COVID-19 vaccination to the over 80s from the local community.
The first people to receive the vaccination are those in the priority groups: 80 years of age and older, high-risk and vulnerable NHS staff and care home staff.
Among the first people to get vaccinated were Salisbury residents James Pratt (86) and Norma Pratt (83). Priority staff members also began receiving the vaccination, with Duncan Murray, Consultant Anaesthetist the first staff member to be vaccinated.
Staff Nurse Catherine Hall, who is administering some of the vaccinations said: “I’m thrilled to be vaccinating the first over 80s in Salisbury. This is a big step forward in getting life back to normal.”
Judy Dyos Director of Nursing said: “We are delighted to begin this programme which is a big part of protecting our community. This is a marathon and not a sprint, and while starting the vaccination programme here in Salisbury is great news we must continue to adhere to all of the safety guidelines, please remember to regularly wash your hands, wear a face covering and keep your distance.”
She added: “Can members of the public please not contact the hospital; the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn to be offered the vaccine”
The NHS will be contacting people in the priority groups to make an appointment for the vaccination.
Photos: James Pratt and Norma Pratt, Duncan Murray