University Hospitals of Derby and Burton has given out its 20,000th coronavirus vaccine dose.
The milestone came on Tuesday, 2 February. The Trust has been handing out the vaccine to the most vulnerable local people in Derbyshire and Staffordshire as well as to frontline health and social workers since Tuesday, 8 December 2020.
Overseas Nurse, Chette Simbajon, received her vaccine on the same day the 20,000th vaccine was administered. She said: “It feels so good to be having the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. It’s so important we protect ourselves and the patients that we are caring for.
“The vaccines are thoroughly tested, so I trust them to protect me. You should not be afraid of having your vaccine – it is for our own good and we are privileged to be able to have this opportunity.”
26 year-old Chette, who now works on Ward 208, a Trauma and Orthopaedic ward, arrived in the UK from the Philippines in August 2020 to come and work at UHDB as a Registered Nurse. Chette has spent the whole of her time in the UK living and working throughout the pandemic, providing exceptional care to our patients.
Chette said: “I have not yet been able to experience this beautiful country in the way I had imagined, but when this is all over and it is safe to do so, I am very excited about being able to visit London in my spare time – a dream of mine!”
Tracy Harris administered Chette’s vaccine; she has been redeployed to the vaccine hub at the Royal Derby Hospital from the Midwifery Safeguarding Team.
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