25 January 2021

As vaccinations are rolled out across Worcestershire, we were thrilled to be able to offer our front line delivery team the option of receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.

The vaccine was provided through Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG and distributed through vaccine centres across the two counties.

Alan Moorhouse Head of Adults and Communities shares his experience of receiving the vaccine.

“On Tuesday, I found myself in the queue, socially distant, of course, waiting to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

My emotions were mixed, excited because of the hope that vaccination brings. But also slightly anxious, it is a medical procedure after all, and I really don’t like needles. As I waited, my thoughts then turned to the consequences of not having the vaccine and if I, subsequently, got sick or transmitted the virus to others. It could have a significant impact on my health. Still, perhaps, more importantly, there might be a significant impact on family and friends, work colleagues, residents, and customers. Those who may need to care for me if I got sick, those I meet in my community, the list went on! I quickly concluded that I should put any anxiety to one side and look forward to the ‘sharp scratch’.

It was encouraging to see some familiar faces including; a colleague, wearing a YMCA mask, and someone who works with rough sleepers in Worcester. Seeing them gave me further confirmation, if I needed it, that having the vaccine was exactly the right thing to do

The infection rates in Worcestershire are still very high, among some of the highest in the country. When the time comes, I would urge you to get vaccinated if not for yourself, but for those around you. Please also strictly adhere to the Hands, Face, and Space messages as we are still, very much, in the midst of a medical emergency.

It’s now Thursday, and the only side effect, a dull ache in the top of my arm has gone, and I’m happy and relieved to have received the vaccine.”