Yeovil woman first in Somerset to get COVID vaccine

The very first deliveries of the approved Pfizer vaccine have arrived in Somerset. The vaccination programme for those in the highest priority groups has begun at Yeovil Hospital. The hospital is part of the initial wave of 50 hospital hubs, announced last weekend, providing the first vaccinations across the country.   

Today, they have begun vaccinating people from the most vulnerable groups which includes patients aged 80+. Jean Cook, age 84, from Yeovil became one of the first patients to have their vaccination in Somerset.

The Pfizer vaccine was given the green light from regulators last week. Since then Somerset health and care organisations have been working to manage the huge logistical challenge of deploying the vaccine. Yeovil Hospital’s Chief Nurse, Shelagh Meldrum, explains: “Thanks to an incredible amount of hard work and planning with staff and all health and care partners across the county, we have been able to start the vaccination programme in Somerset with the priority groups identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.”

Further plans for the local NHS vaccination programme in Somerset are currently being drawn up. Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health at Somerset County Council added  “It’s great news that the first Somerset residents and health and care workers are receiving Covid vaccinations this week. We are working closely with health colleagues to roll out the vaccination programme across Somerset, which will run from now into 2021.”

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