An old Indian man to get the first vaccine against COVID – 19. He is 87-year-old and is an Indian origin. He is from the north east of England. He is going to become one of the first people in the world to get a vaccine for COVID-19 on Tuesday.
His name is Hari Shukla and he is from Tyne and Wear. He said that he feels it is his duty to receive his first of the two-dose vaccine, he is going to get the vaccine on Tuesday , 8th December and thus UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that today is the huge step forward and hence named Tuesday as ‘V-Day’ or Vaccine Day in the UK.
Hari Shukla said that he was so pleased that we are hopefully coming towards the end of this pandemic and that he is delighted to be doing his bit by having the vaccine, he feels that it is his duty to do so and do whatever he can to help.
He also said that having been in contact with the National Health Service, he knows how hard they all work and he has a huge greatest respect for them as they have a heart of gold and that he is a lot grateful for everything they have done to keep them and the people safe during the pandemic.
NHS notified Shukla as part of a phased rollout plan based on those at the highest risk of death from the deadly virus. People aged 80 and over, care home workers as well as NHS workers who are at higher risk of their life will be the first ones to receive the vaccine.
Johnson said that today marks a huge step forward in the UK’s fight against coronavirus, as they begin delivering the vaccine to the first patients across the whole country. He is immensely proud of the scientists who developed the vaccine, members of the public who helped and took part in trials, and the NHS who have worked tirelessly all day and everyday to prepare for vaccine. However, the UK PM gave a note and said that mass vaccination will take time and urged the public to remain indoors more and continue to follow the lockdown rules over the few months ahead until the vaccine comes in a lot numbers for all people.
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that they will look back on today, V-day, as a key moment in their fight back against this terrible disease, and that he is proud our health services across the United Kingdom are about to embark on our largest ever vaccination programme.
He also said that with over-80s and frontline health and care staff receiving their vaccinations from today, the whole country will breathe a collective sigh of relief as many of our loved ones will start to be given protection from the virus. Now’s the time to sit tight and remain patient until the people get notified by the NHS that it’s time for their vaccination. He added a line saying that the light at the end of the tunnel is visible but there is still a long way to go, so he urged people to take care of themselves and take proper precautions.
The Pfizer vaccine which is the one that will be given to the people needs to be stored at -70C before being thawed out and can only be moved four times within that cold chain before being used.
Vaccination centres treating large numbers of patients and conference centres will subsequently start up when further supplies of vaccine come on stream, with a bulk of the rollout expected in the early part of the upcoming New Year.