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Cobham resident first person to receive coronavirus jab at Epsom Downs mass vaccination centre – Surrey Live

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A Cobham resident has become the first person to receive the coronavirus jab at Surrey’s mass vaccination centre.

Epsom Downs Racecourse, which was previously used as a vaccination station, opened its doors as a ‘super’ mass vaccination centre at 8am on Monday (January 11).

The large-scale site is one of seven opening across the country and will be capable of delivering thousands of jabs each week.

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Moira Edwards, 88, received the first of two injections with a dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine from nurse Justine Braid.

Ms Edwards, from Cobham, received her first dose beside her daughter Clare Edwards and said it was “extremely important” to get the vaccine.

She said: “Having this vaccine makes it a step closer to being with my family again and giving them a big hug.”

Invites to book at Epsom Downs Racecourse are being sent to people aged 80 or over, according to the priority list, who have not yet been vaccinated and live up to 45 minutes’ drive from the site.

Hundreds of GP-led and hospital services plus the first pharmacy-led pilot sites will open in England this week.

For the latest updates on the Epsom mass vaccination centre and what it will mean for Surrey, follow our live blog HERE.

How the Epsom vaccination centre works

The NHS has issued this guidance about how people get their jabs at the super centres.

This information below is taken from the NHS website:

  • Invites to book at the centres are being sent to people aged 80 or over who have not yet been vaccinated and live up to 45 minutes’ drive from one of the seven new sites
  • The letters will explain how they can book a slot over the phone or online through the national booking service, and NHS leaders are urging people not to turn up at the centres or try to book without receiving them
  • People who book in to a vaccine centre will be greeted by volunteers who will marshal car parks and register them when they arrive. Bookings are staggered to allow social distancing
  • They will receive a health status check and a pre-vaccination assessment before they receive their vaccine from a trained vaccinator, and then be observed for 15 minutes
  • The process should take well under an hour