Cornwall reaches significant milestone with COVID vaccine

Lifesaving COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered to over a quarter of a million people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Since the first vaccine was given on Wednesday 9 December, health and care partners have been working around the clock to reach this monumental moment.

The roll-out of the vaccine is continuing to ramp up this week as the large-scale vaccination centres at The Royal Cornwall Showground and Stithians Showground administer the vaccine to up to 2,500 people a day.

Philip Craddoc, 57, was among the thousands to receive his vaccine this week at The Royal Cornwall Showground and he said he didn’t feel a thing after having the vaccine.

“It feels great to have finally had the vaccine,” Mr Craddoc commented. “Having the vaccine is better for the whole country, and it means we can get back to some sort of normal.”

The military and St John Ambulance staff have joined the vaccinators and volunteers to help keep even more people protected from the deadly virus. Lance Bombardier, Luke Thompson from 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, was the one who vaccinated Mr Craddoc.

“Helping to vaccinate people has been really enjoyable so far,” Luke said. “It’s my job to help people, and having previously supported test sites, I knew I wanted to help with vaccinating. It’s all really well organised and everyone has been fantastic.”

Iain Davidson, clinical lead for the vaccination centres at Stithians and The Royal Cornwall Showground, and chief pharmacist at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “It has been a huge team effort to get to this point. It has been down to the countless hours and dedication of Cornwall’s incredible staff working across health and care, the emergency services and all the volunteers, that has meant we have now vaccinated over 250,000 people.

“We all want to return to a sense of normality, and the NHS across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is continuing to work hard to vaccinate our communities in line with the groups currently prioritised in the guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation guidance, to achieve this for us all.

“We encourage everyone that is currently eligible, to book their vaccination appointment.”

People aged 50 and over, those who are clinically vulnerable, carers and frontline health workers, who have received a letter or text message can book an appointment through the national NHS booking service or by calling 119.

Where possible, people are being encouraged to get someone to drive them to their vaccination appointment to help minimise the waiting time. It will also be helpful to have your NHS number ready upon arriving, which can be found on the NHS website.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout visit our dedicated COVID-19 vaccine page.

Added on 19 March 2021, in News - COVID-19 vaccine