That was the message from West Lindsey District Council Leader Owen Bierley as he welcomed the opening of the district’s first vaccine hub.
Following the roll-out of the vaccination programme nationwide, and the acceleration of Lincolnshire vaccination hubs in recent days, NHS staff administered the first vaccinations to West Lindsey residents on Saturday, January 16, in a bid to begin providing protection in the district against Covid-19.
Coun Bierley said: “This pandemic has been a dark time in the history of our district, and it is by no means over yet, but I am overjoyed to know that some of our residents – and some of our most vulnerable residents at that – will be provided with some form of protection over the next few days and weeks.
“This is the beginning of our District’s fight-back against this torrid virus.
“I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone at the NHS for the work they are doing at incredible speed – not only in helping many of our residents get through this disease, but now helping us all be protecting against it.
“Our District will forever be grateful.
“However, I must remind all residents that however great this news is, we are still very much in the heart of this pandemic. Celebrate this news – but do so at home – and remain hopeful that this really is the beginning of the end of our struggles.”
It is important to note that the NHS will make contact with residents when it is their turn to receive a vaccine.
Anyone who has a vaccine appointment at John Coupland Hospital will be given specific details by the NHS to advise them when to attend and how the vaccine process works.
A spokesperson for NHS Lincolnshire said: ““The Covid vaccination process in Lincolnshire has got off to a great start and we are delighted that we were able to announce John Coupland Hospital as one of the latest wave of vaccination sites.
“These sites represent a further significant milestone for Lincolnshire, and the teams on site are raring to go.”