Hundreds of people receive life saving COVID vaccine as rollout begins

The Steam Museum took on a very different role yesterday (Wednesday 16 December) as it played host along with the Corn Exchange in Devizes to hundreds of people receiving the life-saving Coronavirus vaccine.
Hand injecting in vaccine bottle

More than 900 people at each site are expected to have been given the recently-approved COVID-19 vaccination by the end of this week.

All patients will have to return for the second dose of the vaccine in approximately three weeks.

The community vaccinations come just a week after the Great Western Hospital in Swindon became the first local venue to offer the vaccine to staff and patients.

We all know there is a long way to go until we can confidently say that coronavirus is no longer a threat, but we’ve taken the first steps, and it’s important to remember that even the most intimidating of journeys start with that first step forward.
— Gill May, Director of Nursing and Quality

Local people are reminded not to attend any of the community vaccination sites, nor their local hospitals or GP practices, without having been invited to do so.

More information about the coronavirus vaccine can be found online at

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