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First patient in Buckinghamshire receives Covid-19 vaccine

| December 15, 2020

Patient Brian Horne receives the first dose of his Covid-19 vaccine from nurse Helen Ellis. (Image supplied by Buckinghamshire Council)

The first patient in Buckinghamshire has received the Coivid-19 vaccine.

On Monday 14th December 2020 90 year old Brian Horne from Chalfont St Peter became the first patient in Buckinghamshire to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Brian, a patient at the Hall Practice in Chalfont St Peter, was vaccinated as part of the national GP roll-out of the vaccine which started this week.

Speaking afterwards, Brian, who has three children and six grandchildren said: ‘It is exciting, I feel most honoured. I got a phone call from the surgery on Friday, they asked me to come along today and here I am.

Having had his first jab Brian is delighted to be on his way to being protected from the virus and will be urging his friends to follow suit when they get the call to have their vaccine.

Nurse Helen Ellis, lead practice nurse of 23 years at the Misbourne Practice and part of the Covid-19 mobilisation team at the Chalfont Primary Care Network (PCN), gave Brian the potentially life-saving vaccine. She said: ‘It’s exciting to be part of this, we are making history.

I’m really proud of the role we are playing in both in the network and in primary care as a whole.

We are the end of a long line of people who have made this happen. I will remember this day for a long time. We are finally helping people to get their lives back after this devastating year.

The phased national vaccination programme will see patients aged 80 and over amongst the first to receive the jab. The PCN has been given vaccines for the first wave of the programme, all of which will be given out to local patients over the coming days and weeks.

Dr Nicky Turner, Clinical Director of the Chalfont PCN and GP of 23 years at the Hall Practice, said: ‘This is a historic day for Buckinghamshire and for the whole country.

We are delighted to be one of the first practices to be able to start vaccinating our patients against this deadly virus. We are really proud at the way the whole team has mobilised so quickly.

It has been a huge team effort over just a few short days with everyone pulling together to make this happen.

Patients will be invited to come for their vaccine on a person by person basis as part of the JCVI (Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation) prioritisation programme with contact made directly from their GP surgery.

Patients are asked not to make contact with their surgery but to wait for the surgery to contact them. In the meantime everyone should continue to follow Government guidelines to control the virus and save lives.

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.

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