Western Morning News
Vaccine ‘means everything to me’
AN 82-year-old retired maintenance manager has become the first person in the world to receive the Oxford University and AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine outside clinical trials.
Dialysis patient Brian Pinker had the jab at 7.30am yesterday from nurse Sam Foster at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Churchill Hospital.
Mr Pinker, who has been having dialysis for kidney disease at the hospital for a number of years, was pleased to be getting protection against coronavirus. He said the jab will give him peace of mind as he continues to receive treatment, and he is now looking forward to celebrating his 48th wedding anniversary in February.
“I am so pleased to be getting the Covid vaccine today and really proud that it is one that was invented in Oxford,” Mr Pinker said. “The nurses, doctors and staff today have all been brilliant and I can now really look forward to celebrating my 48th wedding anniversary with my wife Shirley later this year.
“The vaccine means everything to me, it’s the only way I’ll be getting back to normal life. This virus is terrible, isn’t it?”
Ministers hope the Oxford vaccine – which is easier to distribute than the other approved jab from Pfizer/BioNTech – could
provide a route out of the coronavirus crisis, but it could be months before sufficient numbers have received their first shot.
Ministers have said the NHS has the capacity to deliver two million doses a week, but supplies are limited. While some 530,000 doses are now available, tens of millions more are to be delivered in the coming weeks and months, once batches have been quality checked.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We have the capacity, the issue is to do with supply of the vaccine.... each batch needs to be properly approved and qualitycontrolled.”