Duty calls for first patient to be vaccinated at Liverpool University Hospitals

Liverpool’s biggest acute hospital trust has started the process of vaccinating its most vulnerable inpatients, staff and local care home workers against COVID-19.

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the first 50 designated hospital vaccine hubs across the country to lead the biggest immunisation programme in the NHS’s history.

Dedicated nurses are now administering the Pfizer vaccine to patients aged 80 and over, along with local care home staff and some of the Trust’s frontline workers from Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

The vaccine is delivered by a simple injection in the shoulder, followed by a booster jab 21 days later. The first patient to receive the vaccine was Ray Grist from Woolton, who is an inpatient at Aintree University Hospital.

The 92 year old said: “Being an ex-serviceman, duty calls. I just felt it was the right thing to do to get rid this horrible disease if possible.”

He received his vaccine on Tuesday 8th December from Diane Haddock, the Trust’s lead nurse for occupational health.

Steve Warburton, Chief Executive of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our Hospitals have been at the forefront of the response to caring for and treating COVID-19 patients across Liverpool, so our staff fully understand the devastating impact of this disease on the communities we serve. We therefore welcome the opportunity to now also be at the forefront of protecting our most vulnerable patients, and frontline care and NHS workers, from the effects of this dreadful disease, and are extremely proud to be one of the first hospital hubs leading the delivery of the national vaccination programme.”

To aid the success of the vaccination programme the NHS is asking everyone to continue to follow the necessary restrictions in their area, maintain social distancing, wash hands frequently and wear face masks to further suppress the virus. 

Vaccination centres across the country, treating large numbers of patients in sporting venues and conference centres, will be in place once further supplies of vaccine are available.