Coronavirus vaccinations started to be rolled out in Hackney today (16 December), as the borough was chosen as one of the first 100 vaccination sites to open this month in the UK.

Over the next four days almost 1000 people will be vaccinated against coronavirus at Elsdale Street Surgery. The first set of people to be vaccinated, by appointment only, include those aged over 80 and frontline health and social care workers.

Cheers erupted from the Doctors, Nurses, volunteers and patients as the vaccine was given to the first patient this morning. 

The first person to get the vaccine was Josephine Casey, 83 from Haggerston, who moved to Hackney in 1980 and previously worked as a Sheltered Housing Officer for the Council and Hanover.

Josephine was vaccinated by Dr Shaine Mehta, a local GP who put himself forward to help with the vaccination effort. Dr Anna Pilkington was the person to vaccinated the second person, John Parker, 81. 

Mr Manubhai and Mrs Kamuben Patel, 91 from Hackney Central were brought in by their son Ashwin Patel who was grateful to see his parents getting protected.

Ivan Worrell, 94 from South Hackney attended with his daughter.

Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville came along with Cllr Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Health to the opening of the vaccination centre. 

The country-wide vaccination programme is the result of the hard work of thousands of scientists across the world, rigorous testing and clinical trials and, finally, approval of vaccines by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). 

People will be contacted by the NHS once it is their turn with information on how to receive the vaccine. For most people this will be a letter, either from their GP or the national NHS. This letter will include all the information needed to book appointments, including a person’s NHS number. 

Please do not contact the NHS to get an appointment until you get this letter. Information on the vaccine is available on here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/ 

In the New Year two further vaccination centres will be set up in the borough. Keep up to date with the vaccine roll out by signing up to the Council’s newsletter at www.hackney.gov.uk/newsletters. 

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