Rehabilitation assistant Emma-Louise Johnstone, who works out of Bicester Community Hospital, was the second recipient of the jab. For the 27-year-old mum of twins getting the vaccine hasn’t come a moment too soon.
“It’s marvellous because my work brings me in close contact with older patients who rely on me to support them and assess their needs through their recovery journey. I know so many of them in the community have had their vaccinations already. Now I’ve had mine it will be a great reassurance for them and a comfort for me too.”
After her jab, the Oxford Health team ensured Emma received a post-inoculation leaflet and sticker, and booked her in for her follow-up jab on April 19 before she headed off to work.
The Kassam Stadium is one of 32 new NHS Vaccine Centres that began delivering life-saving Covid jabs from today as the health service continues to accelerate the biggest immunisation programme in its history.
It is the first large scale centre that Oxford Health has set up as lead provider for vaccination centres for the NHS in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire West.
Priority front line patient-facing staff who work on community and mental health wards as well as in the community via services like district nursing, are at the head of the queues this week. Hundreds of staff are booked in.
The public aged 75 and over have been offered an appointment at the centre from Monday, February 1 via a national booking system. They are being contacted by letter and by phone to make an appointment for their first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.
If they cannot or do not want to travel to the Kassam, which will open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm people from next Monday, February 1, for booked appointments, they can wait to be invited to be jabbed by a local GP service or hospital hub. People are reminded not to turn up to the Kassam Stadium without an appointment.