Patients across Craven and the Bradford district have been receiving the first local doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
This week at Skipton Hospital, patients from Wharfedale, Airedale & Craven Alliance (WACA) practices, which includes IG Medical and Ilkley & Wharfedale, received the first vaccine.
Irene Harvey, age 80, was one of the first people to receive their coronavirus vaccination on Tuesday and said, “I’ve been staying at home (self-isolating) since March, and only go out very occasionally. I was able to join a support bubble with my older daughter, Ellie, when restrictions allowed but that’s meant I’ve not been able to see any other family.
“This vaccine is a real lifeline for me as I have Alzheimer’s and not being able to see all my family in person has been hard for us all and, sadly, has not helped my condition.
“My youngest daughter, Anne, is expecting a baby in the summer and it would mean the world to me to be able hold my new grandchild rather than seeing them on a computer screen. I’m looking forward to having my booster in three weeks so that I can see all my family – who I haven’t seen for months – and also get out more again in the New Year.”
Irene, who helped to run a family business before she retired, moved to Burley in Wharfedale several years ago to be nearer to her family.
GP practice ‘hubs’ located across the district have today started giving vaccinations to patients aged 80 and above who are already attending hospital as an outpatient, and/or have been discharged home after a hospital stay. Some patients are also being offered vaccines at Bradford