The Newark vaccination centre has now been open for over a week, and given vaccines to hundreds of people as part of the fight against COVID-19.

It is one of the 11 vaccination centres operating in Nottinghamshire, and is located in the Richard Herrod Centre at The Newark Showground.

Currently those aged 80 or over, care home residents/workers and NHS frontline staff are being prioritised for the vaccine, and to help them get there a bus service is going to and from the centre every 15 minutes from Newark Bus Station.

Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, Councillor David Lloyd, said: “While we are pleased that the vaccination service has now opened in Newark and Sherwood, there is a priority system in place and for this to work effectively, residents must be patient and wait until it’s their turn and should not contact us or the NHS directly.

“This is the largest immunisation programme in NHS history and a lot of planning has gone into the opening of the centre and now it has arrived, it is absolutely crucial that priority is given to those most at risk of coronavirus: the over 80s and our health and social workers.

“The number of cases are still worrying and we are in a National Lockdown, so we must do everything we can to protect our more vulnerable residents.”

Catherine Thornton, of Nottinghamshire, 81, received the vaccine on January 19, alongside her husband just days after the letter had arrived.

The letter was for for husbands vaccine, but since Catherine went with him the team at the centre were able to vaccinate her too.

She described the process as being very organised, and said they were asked to wait on one side of the room before giving their details, receiving leaflets and being checked on the other side.

They were then taken to another room with 4 stations for the vaccine itself, where multiple nurses were making sure all vaccines were administered correctly and safely.

Catherine said: “Everyone was very friendly and very helpful, it was well monitored. I felt comfortable with it all.”

“They also gave us the date when we go back for the second vaccine”

Although it was a bit ‘chaotic’ when they arrived, this was due to the building where the vaccinations were supposed to take place not having heating and everything having to be moved to another building, which led to appointments running 30 minuted behind.

Those who have received a letter should book an appointment as soon as possible.

If you know someone who has received a letter but may not be able to book it themselves, offer to help them book the appointment.