The Chairman of Fenland District Council has urged residents to make sure they get their COVID-19 vaccination when it is offered to them, after having his own this week.
Cllr Alex Miscandlon, age 77, was one of the residents who has just received his first dose of the vaccine at his local GP practice in Whittlesey.
He said: "I am absolutely delighted to receive my vaccination. It is imperative that everybody gets vaccinated when offered an appointment to protect themselves and their families from the virus, and to help us get back to normality as soon as possible.
"The whole process was really easy. All the staff at the practice were extremely helpful and made the process so much easier."
GP practices across Cambridgeshire are setting up as local vaccination centres, working rapidly to redesign their sites and put in place safe processes to meet the tough logistical challenges of offering the vaccination. Their teams are working hard to vaccinate people according to the priority list set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
The NHS will contact people in the priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine. People are asked not to contact their GP surgery or local hospital asking when they will receive the vaccine.
Dr Gary Howsam, local GP and Chair at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, said "We've been working incredibly hard to roll out our vaccine programme as quickly as possible. We have already booked in and vaccinated thousands of people in the priority groups across our area, so it's fantastic to see more sites opening up so we can offer the vaccine to more of our local patients."
The COVID-19 vaccine reduces the chances of someone suffering from the virus. It does not provide instant protection and takes time to build up immunity. Anyone that has the vaccine still needs to:
For the latest information about national COVID-19 vaccination programme, including which sites are offering vaccines in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, visit the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG website.