Covid-19 vaccinations: Residents at Emsworth Baptist Church speak of relief after receiving first dose of coronavirus jabs

Residents expressed their ‘relief’ and hopes of ‘getting back to normal life’ after hundreds of people over the age of 70 received their first dose of Covid vaccines last week.

Monday, 25th January 2021, 2:15 pm
Updated Monday, 25th January 2021, 5:02 pm

As the government looks to accelerate its vaccination programme in a race to beat the pandemic, hundreds of elderly residents arrived at Emsworth Baptist Church to receive their jab.

Havant resident Josephine Stevenson, 79, said: “I’m really pleased to get the vaccination to help keep me safe and I hope it won’t be too many more months before I can start to live my life more freely again.”

Peter Stubbington, 75, added: “I’m happy to have got the vaccine and the process was very efficient and well organised. I’ve had countless vaccinations which have benefited me and it’s really important that people get their Covid vaccination for the benefit of the whole community.”

Kieth Smart getting his vaccine from nurse Helen Brunton. Picture: Habibur Rahman PPP-210119-172116003

Peter’s mother, Joyce Stubbbington, 96, also received her vaccination last week. 

He added: “My mother is in a care home and I’m really relieved she has had her vaccine.”

After having contracted Covid in November, Caroline Vine was relieved her mother Pat Palmer, 79, received her first jab.

Caroline said: “I had Covid a couple of months ago and was really ill - I nearly ended up in hospital. I’m so relieved my mother has had the vaccine as I know how dangerous a disease this is.”

Residents waiting to be vaccinated at Emsworth Baptist Church. Picture: Habibur Rahman PPP-210119-171922003

While people will need to continue to observe Covid guidelines until they receive their second jab in 12 weeks’ time and transmission rates show a significant decline, recipients hope the vaccination programme will allow them to eventually return to the things they enjoy.

Martin Smith, 78, from Bedhampton, said: “I’m very relieved to get my vaccine today. I’m really looking forward to getting back to normal life. I can’t wait to start enjoying concerts once again and watching Pompey.”

For Havant resident Dorothy Palmer, 73, a return to normality will mean once again being able to see her grandchildren.

Dorothy said: “We have to hope that the vaccination programme will allow us to get back to normal life. I really hope to be able to see my children and grandchildren as I’ve not seen them since the pandemic started in March.”

Josephine Stephenson, 79 , hopes her vaccination will eventually allow her to 'live more freely'. Picture: Habibur Rahman PPP-210119-172041003

She also had a message for people who may be reluctant to get the jab.

“It’s not just about yourself. It’s about protecting others,” added Dorothy. 

The new vaccination hub is one of three to be set up by the Havant and Waterlooville Primary Care Network with two other sites at Waterlooville and Hayling Island Health Centres.

The Pfizer clinics are targeting the delivery of 1,000 Covid vaccinations every two days.

Dorothy Palmer, 73, getting her vaccine. Picture: Habibur Rahman PPP-210119-172052003
Martin Smith, 78, hopes the vaccination programme will enable life to return to normal so he can return to Fratton Park to watch Pompey. Picture: Habibur Rahman PPP-210119-172127003