99-year-old Lynchmere veteran is among first to be vaccinated

By Jon Walker   |   Senior reporter   |
Friday 18th December 2020 10:25 am
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Michael Tibbs of Lynchmere arriving at Queen Alexandra Hospital ()

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A NINETY-NINE year old veteran from Lynchmere was the first to receive a Covid-19 vaccination at a Hampshire hospital, on a day described as one of “pride, privilege and hope”.

His vaccination came as the NHS launched one of its biggest immunisation programmes in the nation’s history.

Michael Tibbs, from the small village outside Haslemere on the Liphook Road was immunised at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA) on Tuesday (December 8) morning.

The Royal Navy veteran said: “I didn’t know what to expect, but it’s absolutely wonderful and I feel really fortunate to have it.”

Michael was accompanied by his son, Philip, and was applauded by hospital staff after his vaccination.

Michael, whose father was vicar at Lynchmere, added: “During lockdown I have been confined to the garden, however when things get back to normal I’m really looking forward to seeing my grandchildren and great grandchildren. The vaccine will make a difference to everybody and we are so fortunate to have the NHS.”

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU) runs QA, and was one of the very first trusts across the country to administer Covid vaccinations, and Michael was the first person to receive a vaccination at the hospital in Cosham.

PHU chief nurse Liz Rix, who administered Michael’s vaccine, said: ‘Thank you to Michael for being one of the first patients nationwide to be vaccinated, it was an absolute pleasure to give him his vaccination.

“This is something we have talked about and been preparing for, and we are proud and privileged to be able to vaccinate our patients.

“It’s an exceptional day for us, but we must remember we are far from the end of this virus. We all need to make sure we continue to do what we are asked and keep safe.

“I have seen staff rise to the challenge and support each other so we can look after our patients in the way we need to, and each other.

“Today is the first step in a journey for the vaccination programme.

“To be a part of this day has been a privilege, and not just for me but for the whole team and hospital.”

Since the Pfizer vaccine was approved this month, NHS staff from have been working around the clock to manage the huge logistical challenge of getting it to people aged 80 and over, and care home workers.

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