Today, (8 January), the first doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca were administered to patients and staff from a new ‘hospital hub’ at Glenfield Hospital. It is the second vaccine hub to be opened at the Trust following the opening of the Leicester General Hospital vaccine site on December 12.
Leicester’s Hospitals chief executive Rebecca Brown said: “We’ve got through a large amount of high risk staff and patients over 80 at our Leicester General Hospital site and now with our Glenfield Hub we will be focused on vaccinating as many of frontline health and social care staff as possible.”
The news follows a renewed national emphasis on ensuring vital local NHS and social care staff are offered the vaccine as soon as possible, in line with the JCVI guidance on priority groups.
The first person to be vaccinated at the new hub was Jane Andrews, a cardiology clinic coordinator at Leicester’s Hospitals. She said: “I had the flu vaccine a couple of weeks ago and it was just like that. I would definitely advise everybody to get the vaccine.
“I had Covid in November and it was horrible. I had all the symptoms – breathing problems, fever, loss of taste and smell, and feeling tired all the time. I couldn’t walk from the front room to the bathroom without getting breathless. I was off work for 4 weeks in total.
“My husband has had the vaccine as he is high-risk. My mum worked for the NHS for 37 years, so all family will be taking up the opportunity to get vaccinated.”
The Trust hopes to have a further site open at Leicester Royal Infirmary this month.
UHL News Release 8th January 2021