First person in North Staffordshire receives the Covid-19 vaccine at Royal Stoke


Pictures show the first patient in North Staffordshire receiving the Covid-19 vaccine – a landmark moment in the fight against coronavirus.

Alan Stevenson, aged 81, from Blythe Bridge, received the jab at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, one of 50 hospital hubs in the UK to administer the jabs.

The landmark moment was captured on camera as the inoculation programme began.

The great-grandfather was checked out by a doctor before being prescribed the jab, which he received shortly before 10am. He will have his booster dose on December 30.

He said: “I had an appointment at the eye department yesterday and they asked me if I wanted to come back today to have the vaccination.

“I was ready to have it. I had no worries about it whatsoever.

“The last few months have been hard, as they have for everyone. I just hope now I have had this that I will be immune to the virus and things can be more normal.”

Alan was met with a round of applause from the hospital staff after he received the jab.

He is an outpatient at the Royal Stoke. The hospital contacted a number of over 80s from its outpatient list to ask if they wanted to have the vaccine today.

The Royal Stoke was selected as one of the 50 ‘hospital hubs’ in the country to administer the jabs in the first wave of vaccinations.

Covid vaccinations are taking place at Royal Stoke today
Covid vaccinations are taking place at Royal Stoke today

The UK was the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer vaccine.

And the very first person in the world to receive the jab on the NHS was Margaret Keenan, 90, at University Hospital, Coventry.

Among the first people to receive the vaccine will be the over-80s, care home staff and health workers.

The eventual aim will be to vaccinate millions of people against Covid-19.

After an initial dose, a second jab must be given 21 days later.





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