First York residents get the coronavirus vaccine

A dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine being prepared. Photograph: Aaron Chown / PA Wire
15 Dec 2020 @ 5.48 pm
| Health

The first York residents have received the Covid-19 vaccine.

Eileen and Kenneth Ward were the first couple to receive the injection by doctors at the Haxby Group medical practice.

Eileen, 85, and Kenneth, 93, said they were delighted to receive their letter inviting them to be one of the first people to receive the vaccine in York.

Eileen said: “I was so pleased when I got the letter, as I just thought this might be the end to being isolated. We’re still going to be careful though.”

In a Facebook post, it was revealed that Mark Coultrate, head of advanced clinical practice at Haxby Group, delivered the first vaccine to Eileen on behalf of the West, Outer and North East York Primary Care Network, which serves a population of 48,039 patients.

Eileen and Kenneth, from Copmanthorpe, were one of the first of the priority groups to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

These priority groups have been determined by the Joint Committee of Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI) because they are at greatest risk from Covid-19.

As more supplies of the vaccine are received, the programme will be rolled out to other sites and other groups, including frontline NHS staff, using the national framework.

Haxby Group said that patients should not contact your surgery to ask about the vaccine. “You will be contacted when the time is right.”