Tuesday 8th December 2020 is a day that will go down in UK history, the day a UK grandmother became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination. 
Tuesday 8th December 2020 is a day that will go down in UK history, the day a UK grandmother became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination. 
 
A mass vaccination program will be carried out over the coming weeks and months in a bid to halt the spread of COVID-19, which is believed to be attributed to over 62,000 deaths in the UK since the start of the pandemic (source .gov.uk). 
 
The vaccine will be offered to those most at risk from coronavirus, and consists of two injections into the upper arm, spaced at least 21 days apart. 
 
The first doses of this vaccine have been distributed to selected hospitals, including our local hospital here in Colchester, with the NHS website stating that those aged over 80 who have hospital appointments in the coming weeks will be some of the first to be vaccinated, along with care home workers and other health care workers at high risk. 
 
It is believed that Colchester hospital will be contacting individuals in the coming weeks to book their vaccination appointments. 
 
As the vaccination program continues it is thought that vaccines will then be offered to the following groups: 
- 80 years and over 
- 75 years and over 
- 70 years and over 
- Shielded Patient List 
- 65 years and over 
- Under 65 years with long-term health conditions. 
 
With the 50-64 year age group being offered the vaccine at a later date. 
 
With many vulnerable and at-risk adults having had to isolate or shield from their loved ones for much of the year in order to protect themselves from the virus, the vaccine sparks real hope that life may soon return to some form of normality allowing families to be reunited without the need for social distancing, and in particular allowing grandparents to be reunited with their grandchildren. 
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