Landmark reached as 1,000,000th COVID vaccine given in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

The largest vaccination programme in history hit a record high yesterday when the 1,000,000th dose of COVID-19 vaccine was delivered in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

At the close of vaccinations yesterday the total stood at 1,000,023.

Neil Carr, Programme Lead said: “Our one millionth vaccine has been given in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent! Many thanks and well done to all the volunteers, GPs and practice staff, hospitals and every member of staff who has enabled this milestone in keeping our citizens safe!”

Dr Paddy Hannigan, Clinical Lead for the programme added: “One million is just a number but it’s a massive number and it’s a good time to celebrate the effort that has gone into reaching this milestone.

“There has been momentous effort poured into the vaccine programme and it has been a community effort. The NHS at every level has been involved, but it has been far wider than that.

“We have achieved this with the help of our partners in local government, and the police and fire services. There has been an army of volunteers rolling their sleeves up on a daily basis. And businesses large and small have helped out, donating premises and helping in many other ways.

“The most important part of making any vaccination programme work however is the people that come forward to be vaccinated. Hesitancy is understandable, especially in the face of social media disinformation, but we are overcoming it and will continue to do so.”