Wilton’s Michael Herbert Hall, saw the next step in the local vaccination programme this morning. Medical staff and recipients were present in the hall as the roll-out of the vaccines starts to speed up.
The community COVID-19 vaccination programme has broadened to include South Wiltshire which began administering the vaccine today to people in the priority groups, including those 80 years old and over.
Others receiving the vaccine as a priority are high-risk and vulnerable NHS staff and care home staff.
Among the first people to get vaccinated today at Michael Herbert Hall in Wilton was Christine Brenton, 81. After her vaccination, she said: “I feel fine. I’m delighted to have the vaccine, especially if my cruise goes ahead.”
Also getting the jab was Mrs Nino, who said: “I’m relieved. My grandkids were nagging me to get this.” Another patient, Evelyn, also said she was relieved, she added: “I’m grateful to the scientists who must’ve stayed up day and night creating this vaccine.”
Dr Fiona Dawe, GP, Clinical Director, said: “It’s great to have this programme underway in South Wiltshire, hopefully, this is the first step in getting back to some sort of normality.”
The public are reminded that they should not call their Doctor or the hospital about the vaccine, the NHS will directly invite people when it is their turn to be offered the vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme continues to roll out across the region targeting the priority groups.