First Covid vaccines delivered to Wakefield residents at West Yorkshire's first large-scale vaccination centre
A married couple from Knottingley are among the first people to have received their Covid vaccines at a new large-scale vaccination centre in Wakefield.
Linda and Richard Poskitt were among the first members of the public to receive their vaccines at Spectrum Community Healthcare on Navigation Walk, Wakefield, this morning.
Staff at the site said they were "delighted" and "privileged" to begin offering vaccines at the site.
Jane Palmer is a registered nurse at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and one of the vaccinators at the new centre.
She said: “Covid-19 has affected us all, whether it’s what we’ve witnessed first-hand on the front line, or what we’ve been through in our own personal lives.
"I feel very privileged to be able to play a part in helping to protect our local community against this awful virus.”
The Spectrum site is the first large-scale vaccination centre to have opened in West Yorkshire, with centres at Jacobs Well, Bradford, John Smith's Stadium in Huddersfield an Elland Road in Leeds also expected to open in the coming weeks.
People in priority groups who live within 45 minutes of the centres will be able to book their vaccination at the site after reviving an invitation from the NHS, though can also wait to receive an invitation from their GP practice or other vaccination centre if they prefer.
A total of seven vaccination centres are now open in the Wakefield district, including one at Morrisons, on Dewsbury Road, Wakefield, and Castleford Civic Centre.
Dr Phil Wood, Senior Responsible Officer for the West Yorkshire Vaccination Programme said: “We are delighted to be able to open our first large vaccination centre. This will help us to vaccinate greater numbers of at risk people as quickly as possible and adds to the range of options that are available for people to choose from.
"Our other three centres will be opening over the next three weeks, which will help us to reach people in all areas of West Yorkshire.
“We have had a great response from people who have been invited for a vaccination so far but please do not worry if you are in one of the first four priority groups and haven’t been contacted yet.
"We are working hard to offer vaccinations to everyone in the first four priority groups as quickly as supplies allow and will contact everyone over the next few weeks to book their appointment.”