First day of vaccinations at hospital on coast

Molly Gallie ready to leave after having her COVID-19 vaccination at James Paget Hospital. Picture:

Molly Gallie ready to leave after having her COVID-19 vaccination at James Paget Hospital. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

Patients on the coast have been receiving the first doses of a coronavirus vaccine.

Teams of vaccinators at the James Paget hospital, in Gorleston, began administering the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Wednesday morning (December 9) in the physiotherapy gym which has ben temporarily converted into a vaccination hub.

The James Paget Hospital on the first day of COVID-19 vaccinations. Picture: Danielle Booden

The James Paget Hospital on the first day of COVID-19 vaccinations. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

The Gorleston hospital has a team of 40 members of staff helping with the vaccinations.

Volunteer Lewis Lavery helping with the COVID-19 vaccinations at the James Paget Hospital. Picture:

Volunteer Lewis Lavery helping with the COVID-19 vaccinations at the James Paget Hospital. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

Roy Vademan, 82, from Great Yarmouth, said he was "well happy" with being given the injection.

"At my age, I'm glad I'm having it down, it gives me that bit more protection," he added.

Brian Woods, also 82 and from Great Yarmouth, said: "It's great."

Molly Gallie, 92, from Gorleston, said: "It means a lot. I'm getting on. Against all the odds, with all I've had over the last year, I'm still here, and I'm quite surprised.


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"I used to be really fit, but I can't do what I want to do, I'm not as fit as I used to be.

Ms Gallie, who has three children, was diagnosed with skin cancer last year.

Kim Crosswell, Pathway Co-ordinator for Dementia, working on the reception for the COVID-19 vaccinat

Kim Crosswell, Pathway Co-ordinator for Dementia, working on the reception for the COVID-19 vaccinations at James Paget Hospital. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

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Those who received an injection on Wednesday will return in Janaury for a second dose.

The roll out of the vaccine at the hospital is being overseen by Jonty Yazbec, a quality improvement program manager.

"I'm one of the many hands overseeing this," Mr Yazbec said.

Volunteer Kelly Twiggs helping with the COVID-19 vaccinations at the James Paget Hospital. Picture:

Volunteer Kelly Twiggs helping with the COVID-19 vaccinations at the James Paget Hospital. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

People aged 80 and over, care home workers and NHS workers who are at higher risk are the first to receive the vaccine. 

Vaccinations are by appointment only at this stage. 

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