Hundreds of StokeonTrentLive readers have hailed the approval of the Covid-19 vaccine as ‘brilliant news’ after it was confirmed that Stoke-on-Trent’s main hospital will be one of the first in the country to receive it.
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been approved for use in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, paving the way for mass vaccination.
The UK has secured 40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which is enough for 20 million people.
It means the first people could theoretically be given vaccines from as early as Monday.
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Now our readers have hailed the vaccine’s approval as ‘brilliant news’ and congratulated the scientists on the breakthrough.
Joanne Hulme said: “Brilliant news that Stoke-on-Trent is getting it and well done to all involved in its creation and approval.”
Frontline NHS worker Claire Bagnall says she will be ‘first in the queue for the vaccine’.
She said: “I’m frontline NHS, and I will happily be first in the queue for the vaccine.
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“This is to protect myself, my family, my colleagues and my patients.”
Shaun Gasken says the vaccine will mean he will be able to see his mum, who lives in a care home, after eight months.
He said: “It’s great news to help my mum in a care home so we can meet her after 8 months.”
Ceri Adams said: “This is brilliant news. I’ll be having it so we can get back to normal and be safe to visit friends and family and travel.
“I’ll feel a lot safer while working as a lot of people are not following the rules.”
And Heather Morris described the vaccine as ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.
She said: “Great , fantastic news. There’s light at the end of the tunnel.”
Andrea Ramsden says ‘the sooner the vaccine is used the better’.
She wrote on Facebook: “Bring it on. I have asthma and COPD, I want to be able to see my family and get on with life without constantly being bombarded with gloom, doom and Covid despondency.
“People are losing their lives, jobs, businesses and homes over this. The sooner the vaccine is used the better.”
Dave Warren said: “Fantastic news. Patience now, keep to the rules and months from now, instead of years, life will be back to normality.”
While Carole Nicklin added: “Great positive news for Stoke-on-Trent at last.”