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Mayor of Peterborough urges residents to join him in accepting vaccine

More councillors from across Peterborough - including the Mayor of Peterborough, Cllr Gul Nawaz - have received their Covid-19 vaccine.
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The vaccine process has been described as 'easy' and 'painless' by Peterborough councillors (Photo: Peterborough City Hospital)

The next phase of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout is now underway, with those aged 65 and over and those considered clinically vulnerable invited to get a jab.

Some Peterborough councillors are among those to have already received the vaccine - and they're encouraging all eligible Peterborough residents to take up the opportunity.

Cllr Nawaz recorded a short vlog when he was invited for his appointment. He said: "This vaccine is so important, it will help us to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities and in time, help us to return to a more normal way of life. So please say yes when you are offered it. While you are waiting for your jab, or waiting for your second dose, please continue to follow the precautions."

Watch his vlog here.

Cllr Peter Hiller, cabinet member from Peterborough City Council, received his first vaccination earlier this month at the Glinton Surgery in Peterborough. Cllr Hiller, said: "I was amazed how easy the whole process was.

"No waiting, no delays, just straight in and, after a brief Q&A, the absolutely painless process was completed. I've had no after-effects whatsoever and am just so relieved to get my first vaccination from the very dedicated and hard-working NHS folk. Thank you so much."

Also receiving a vaccine was Cllr Lynne Ayres, cabinet member for children's services, education, skills and the university, who got the AstraZeneca jab at Stanground surgery earlier this month. 

She said: "The vaccination process itself was painless and I was really impressed with the social distancing process at the site and the level of care given by staff administering the vaccine. I would encourage everyone who is eligible to go ahead and make the trip."

Provisional data from NHS England revealed that 115,421 people over the age of 70 in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough had received their vaccine up to February 14. This is an estimated 96.8% of the over-70 population of the region.