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As the needle went in to the top of my left arm, the only thing I felt was that, at last, my life is getting back to normal.Royal photographer Arthur J Edwards, Brentwood vaccination centre
I’ve had the jab and I am looking forward to having my second one now. It will make such a big difference. I think I would be silly not to have the jab especially with the emergence of the new strain. We must take every opportunity we can to protect ourselves.Sally wright, 83, Clacton
There was no trouble having it, I didn’t even know it had been done. It’s just like having the flu jab.
NHS staff have been marvellous. Without their help we wouldn’t be starting back on the road to normality.
We’ll get our second vaccine in about 12 weeks, but this is positive step forward. We know we still have to stay distanced and wearing our masks, but it just feels good to have the first one.Ron and Pam Pinder from Thundersley
Husband and wife Mary and Gordon vaccine centre in Grays.
D Day veteran Donald McGeachy, 97, from Maldon having his COVID vaccination at @MaldonDC
94 year old Colin from Grays who has had his vaccine out of our vaccine hubs in Grays.
Betty Neal a local Braintree resident at St Michael’s Health Centre
Danbury resident Andrew, the first vaccination at Danbury Medical Centre being given by Practice Nurse Andrea
“I am very pleased and feel really encouraged to have had my vaccine. I can’t understand why people don’t want to have it. It’s wonderful here at the Leisurezone, so well organised.
Ruth MacKay, 79
I can’t explain how important it was for us to get the vaccine. Life has been put on hold and we are just so fed up with just seeing the grandchildren on Zoom all the time. We miss them very much. Our younger son lives with us and he had COVID over Christmas. It was very difficult managing that situation so the vaccinations should make things easier. We are hoping to get our lives back.
I would basically urge everyone to have the vaccine when they are invited. We have the flu one every winter and so it was just like having an extra one of those. I barely knew they had done it.
Claire and Baden Clegg
I found the experience very quick and easy and I am just very glad I have had the first one now.Raymond Spicer, 75, was among the first to be vaccinated at Harlow’s Leisurezone.
COVID has been such an inconvenience. I am very pleased to be getting this vaccine. I wasn’t expecting it so soon! The NHS has done everything to keep us safe and now I will be spending Christmas with my daughter.Derek Berwin, 88, Epping
I was nervous but it was fine, like a flu jab, and I am just really looking forward now to getting back to seeing my family who I have barely seen this year.”
I was delighted to be one of the first to be invited in, and I would tell people there is nothing to be scared of and to just go for it.Bessie Cowdery, 90, from Harlow, was the first person to receive the vaccine at the GP site in Harlow
We have waited a long time for this vaccine and after a lot of hard work and effort by staff, voluntary sector colleagues, local authorities and partners, it’s finally here and up and running. It gives us all something to cheer about.
It’s been encouraging to see so many people taking up the offer of a vaccine. Patients have been incredibly excited to get the vaccine and appreciative of the hard work put in by so many people to make it happen.
Huge thanks go to everyone for making this happen and run so well from day one!Rob Gerlis, Chair of West Essex CCG
It was something I hoped I would get, the vaccine, but I was surprised to be invited so early and obviously honoured to be the first.
“This year hasn’t been too bad for me, I am in a place where there are other people but we haven’t been able to mix too much so this will hopefully give us that back.”
Dora, said the process had been quick and simple, like having her annual flu jab and encouraged others to follow in her footsteps when invited.
I think the majority of people I have spoken to are going to have it done.Dora Hunter, 88, a former nurse aid
I am really pleased to know something is being done about this now. It’s my birthday just a few days after the second vaccination in January so it’s an early birthday present!Dorothy De’ath, 89, from Takeley
What an amazing group of people who have made these vaccinations possible. I am so impressed. I was booked in quickly by a lovely young lady and it is quite amazing for it all to have happened so fast.
“The vaccination itself was very quick and painless. My experience has been 100% positive. I have so much admiration for the NHS here. We have had nothing but kindness and considerationJohn Monk, 83 and wife Shirley from Takeley
Dinesh Summun, The Thorpe Bay Surgery, Southend
Dr Raja Maroju, Consultant at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust