86-year-old great grandmother is one of the first to get her Covid jab at Bedfordshire care home

Ampthill residents and staff vaccinated as Bedford stalls

Residents and staff at Richmond Manor Care Home in Ampthill have joined the largest ever vaccination programme in British history with 86-year-old Barbara Aggett one of the first to receive her jab.

Barbara said: “It’s such a huge relieve. This is something we have all been waiting for.”

And Joyce Randal, 75, agreed, saying she was happy to be part of the vaccination programme.

Great grandmother Barbara Aggett receiving her vaccine at Ampthill

“What a relief and it didn’t really hurt at all. A wonderful start to the year and hopefully we can all be getting on with our lives soon,” she said.

The good news is in sharp contrast to yesterday's (Monday) bitter blow for Bedford when we revealed how Bedford residents were left frustrated as one of the town's vaccination centres has closed for a week due to a supply shortage with the mayor and Bedford MP demanding answers from the Government.Richmond Manor homemaker Sharon Murphy also received her jab and said everyone was thrilled to welcome the vaccine team into the Dunstable Street home.

She said: “We are delighted that our residents have had the chance to receive this vaccine. It has given everyone here a great deal of comfort.

“As I member of staff, receiving the vaccination gives me more confidence to be able to do the job I love so much which is caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

“The jab not only protects myself, but also the wonderful people I care for, my colleagues as well as my family and the wider community.

“There was certainly a collective sigh of relief when we started to see the vaccinations being given to residents and that was quite emotional.”

More than five million people in the UK have now been vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccines since the vaccination programme began in

December 2020 and the early new year after regulators approved them for use.

A third vaccine - the Moderna vaccine - has also just been approved and is expected to be rolled out later this spring.