Another coronavirus vaccination centre is now operating in Staffordshire.
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) launched its hub at St George’s Hospital, in Stafford, today.
It is prioritising the over-80s as well as NHS and care home staff.
The first person to be vaccinated was Sarah Goodwin, who works at Longton Cottage Hospital.
She said: “It was an honour to be the first! I’d encourage everyone to get the vaccine – it means we can start to get back to normality.”
The Corporation Street site is the latest hospital hub to open in England.
MPFT chief executive Neil Carr said: “I am delighted that St George’s has launched as a hospital hub. We have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure we were ready to support the largest vaccination programme the NHS has ever seen and tackle Covid-19.
“There is an enormous national effort to vaccinate as many people as possible to support the NHS and we are delighted to be part of this.
“In the coming weeks our hospital hub in Stafford will be joined by numerous vaccination centres across Staffordshire, which will provide additional capacity to vaccinate and protect people from Covid-19.
“We are contacting those eligible to arrange an appointment to receive their vaccine and are asking that you don’t contact the hospital to try to arrange an appointment until you have been contacted.”
A number of St George’s Hospital employees have also been vaccinated today.
Healthcare support worker Vicky Hitchens said: “I’m so pleased that the Covid vaccinations are underway. I made sure I had booked my appointment as soon as possible after receiving the invitation to do so.”
Trainee nursing associate Joshua Ryder said: “I’m really pleased to have been among the first to be vaccinated at the hub.”