80-year-old councillor's praise for vaccine staff

Senior SKDC Councillor Mike Exton has praised the staff and systems which allowed him to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in a "quick and easy" process at a surgery near his home.

Cllr Exton, who is 80 and has undergone two kidney transplant operations, is in one of the most vulnerable sections of the population so was one of the first to be invited to have the Pfizer jab.

He said: "It was quick and easy, the staff were brilliant and knew what they were doing. It was all well-organised and I was home again within an hour."

He was contacted ahead of his appointment on New Year's Eve at St Mary's Surgery in Stamford to choose a convenient time for him to visit.  

The order in which people will receive the vaccine is decided by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, with age the single most important risk factor. After over 80s, care home staff and priority healthcare staff are amongst the first to be vaccinated in Lincolnshire.

Not all people in those groups will be contacted immediately but in accordance with available vaccine and appointment slots.

Clinical trials show the Pfizer vaccine is 94% effective in protecting people over the age of 65 from coronavirus, with trials suggesting it works equally well in people of all ages, races and ethnicities. 

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is now also being administered to priority groups after being approved to use following a rigorous, scientific and detailed review of all the available data. It is up to 90% effective and is easier to store than the Pfizer version.

Picture: Cllr Exton at St Mary's Surgery.

Mike Exton jab

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

How will people know when it is their time to get the vaccine?

People will receive an invitation to come forward. For most this will be a letter, either from their GP or the national NHS. This will include all the information a person will need to book appointments, including their NHS number. The public are being asked not to contact the NHS to get an appointment until they get the letter.

What happens on vaccination day?  

People should attend no more than 5 minutes before the appointment time and will be asked to complete a consent form which will be used to submit vaccination data.

They should wear a face covering at all times, adhere to social distancing guidelines and use the hand sanitiser available.

They are expected to wait for 15 minutes after your vaccination to ensure you exhibit no immediate complications.