Pensioner’s relief at being first in line for Broomfield COVID vaccine

A pensioner has spoken of his excitement of being in the first group of people to get the COVID-19 vaccination at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.

The hospital opened its doors to its vaccination hub earlier this week for the very first time, as it starts to roll out the vaccine.

Dr Raja Maroju, who works in A&E at Broomfield, and was one of the first frontline staff at the hospital to receive a vaccination, something he felt very privileged about.

He said: “I’m so pleased to have been part of this on day one at Broomfield Hospital, and we should all feel confident in taking this vaccine because it is all evidence based. There are enough studies that have been done and enough research to back it all up. There’s nothing to fear.”

Alan McClaughlin, from Rayne, praised staff at the vaccination hub for their work. The 82-year-old had only phoned the previous day to get his appointment and managed to get one for the first day of vaccines.

He said: “It’s absolutely important to me to get this done. I’m all for it, it was just a quick little jab and it is an important part of protecting people around you.”


Mick Ferris

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