Source: City of Manchester
The first Covid-19 vaccinations in the community have been administered this morning (Weds 16 December) in Manchester.
Barry Williams from South Manchester was one of the first people to get the vaccine at the Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre in Wythenshawe today.
Barry commented after getting his vaccine: “It’s been quite exciting. There’s a lot going on. It’s fine, really. Glad I’ve got it.
“I try to go shopping at 7.30am every Saturday to get what I need. When I get the second dose in a few weeks it should allow me to do a bit more.
“I have absolute confidence in the medical profession and the scientists that have made it. Hopefully it will keep me alive! Main objective is to avoid getting Covid – like the whole country ought to be trying to do, really.”
Please find a press pack, including video and pictures of Barry.
In the press pack:
Video and Pictures of Barry Williams following his vaccine in Wythenshawe this morning
Dave Regan, Director of Public Health for Manchester – piece to camera video and separate audio
Cllr Bev Craig, executive member for adult health and well-being – piece to camera welcoming the vaccine, and separate audio
Dr Manisha Kumar, Medical Director Manchester Health and Care Commissioning – YouTube link – Video on site at the vaccination centre in Wythenshawe – https://youtu.be/eV54cwGrWGo
General Imagery – Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre, Dave Regan, Cllr Craig
BACKGROUND INFORMATION – VACCINATION CENTRE, WYTHENSHAWE
Patients who are registered with a GP practice in Wythenshawe, that are aged 80 or above and are able to travel have been invited to receive the vaccine at the Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre in Wythenshawe.
This site was identified as the best initial location to roll out community-based vaccination in Manchester, with additional Primary Care Network sites to be announced in the coming weeks.
A second dose of the vaccination will be given to patients 3-4 weeks after receiving their first injection.
Patients will be notified they are eligible to get a vaccine by their GP, either by phone or letter.
Arrangements will be made to get the vaccine to people in this age group who may have difficulty travelling or who are housebound.
David Regan, Manchester’s Director of Public Health, said: “From day one our priority has been to protect as many people as possible from Covid-19. The successful development of an effective and safe vaccine will allow us to save thousands of lives over the coming months.
“This is, however, just the first step and we will not see results overnight. Until the vaccine is being widely distributed our first line of defence will still be quick and accurate testing, as well as adhering to social distancing, good hygiene and the wearing of masks.”
Dr Manisha Kumar, Medical Director Manchester Health and Care Commissioning, said: “The launch of our first vaccination site, marks the start of the largest vaccination programme we have ever undertaken in Manchester. Our primary care staff across the city are working together to set up more sites in our communities so we can vaccinate people safely.
“I am so proud my GP colleagues, across the city, who have worked tirelessly to set these sites up – so we can protect our patients against the virus. But we can’t do this without the support of the people of Manchester; and so, I would urge all our patients to book in straight away when they are called up for the vaccine.
“We know that many of our patients are keen to get their vaccinations as soon as possible, but please don’t call your practice to book in unless you have been invited to do so, your practice will contact you as soon as you are eligible to be vaccinated.”
Councillor Bev Craig, Executive Member for Adult Health and Wellbeing for Manchester City Council said: “The coming weeks will be crucial for Manchester as we work to get this vaccine to the people who need it most. This is the first bit of light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel.
“The work we will begin next week is a positive start but we do face a long road ahead. Our priority will be protecting our older residents, medically vulnerable people and our NHS and care workers who have been putting themselves at risk this entire year.
“Our roll out depends on the vaccine supply from government, so as the vaccine is rolled out we will still need to be vigilant and take the precautions which have become commonplace since March. Mancunians have shown just how resilient they can be and I have no doubt this resolve will continue.”