It seems like only yesterday, but it is six months today that the first COVID-19 vaccination took place in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Now more than 1,253,366 vaccines have been delivered since the first dose on Tuesday December 15 at Ryecroft Medical Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Today, thousands more will be benefiting from first and second doses across the area.
Last week, undergraduates joined the queues to get jabs as both Keele and Staffordshire Universities held their own special vaccination clinics.
Over the past six months, universities, a Cathedral, factories, sports clubs, even pub car parks have played a part in making the programme a success locally.
Not forgetting that planning for the vaccination programme started in our GP practices months before there was even a licensed vaccine. But we still have a long way to go to ensure that everyone living in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has the chance to get the vaccine once eligible.
Giving the first doses to the oldest and most vulnerable patients was a wonderful early Christmas present, and now we are seeing students and other young people getting protected.
Everyone involved deserves enormous praise, especially everyone who has rolled up their sleeves to get protected. Thank you.