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Dr Pryce and Cllr Donnelly with elderly resident before her vaccination

First COVID-19 vaccinations take place in Knowsley

by Jonathan Kearney

Local resident Catherine Rugen became one of the first people in Knowsley to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, on Wednesday 16 December.

Katherine, who is 83, received the vaccine at the Huyton One Stop Shop during the first appointment of the morning.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care and Dr Andrew Pryce, a Knowsley GP and Chair of Knowsley CCG, were also in attendance.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the first to be rolled-out nationwide, as part of the biggest NHS mass vaccination programme in its history.

Elderly care home residents and their carers, people aged 80+ and frontline health and social care workers will be among the first groups of people to receive the vaccine, which protects against COVID-19. You can find out more about the roll out of the vaccine here.

People will be vaccinated twice, around 21 days apart. If successful full immunity starts seven days after the second dose.

Cllr Donnelly said: “It is such a positive sign to see the first Knowsley residents receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Our residents have made so many sacrifices to help reduce the spread of the virus and we hope this represents the beginning of the end of coronavirus. There is still a long way to go and a lot more work to do before we are rid of the virus but the signs for a brighter future are positive going into the Christmas period.”