A quarter of a million local people have received at least one dose of the COVID 19 vaccine according to fresh data and to celebrate buildings across Bradford will be bathed in blue.

Major landmarks such as as the clock tower at city hall, Airedale General Hospital and Bradford Teaching Hospital Foundation Buildings will be lit blue to celebrate this major milestone. However, council leaders warn there’s more work to come.

Karen Dawber, and Nancy O’Neill from the local NHS, who head up the Bradford district and Craven vaccination programme, see this as an opportunity to celebrate the work of NHS staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly on the program, as well as remind people to take up the vaccine as soon as they become eligible.

“This milestone is a significant one for all of us as our health and care colleagues, partners and volunteers have worked tirelessly since the first vaccine was delivered in our district on Tuesday 15 December 2020. Since then we have been indebted to the efforts of NHS staff, our local councils and community and voluntary groups across the area who have all played a vital role in the successful roll out of our programme,” said Karen Dawber.

“Across health and care in Bradford district and Craven we are developing a system transformation programme called Act as One and our vaccination programme is a great example of how we have been living these values.”

Nancy O’Neill, deputy accountable officer and strategic director of transformation and change at NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), added that the milestone was testament to the work done by the NHS to inform the public about their options.

“We have worked hard to help people make an informed choice when offered the vaccine and these efforts are paying off. We’ve also been innovative in our programme and recently we became the first place in the country to offer a women’s only vaccine clinic,” she said,

However, she struck a word of caution: “Just because we have hit this milestone doesn’t mean we can relax. It’s really important that people take up the offer of the vaccine when invited to do so. We are particularly keen to remind those who are either aged 50 and above or those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to book an appointment today.”

The big fear is that the success of the vaccine rollout so far breeds complacency. Although it can be tempting to let your guard down, especially with spring on the way, people are being reminded to stay vigilant and book an appointment as soon as possible.

To arrange an appointment you can call 119 or go online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccination.