Mohammed Bostan, age 95, was one of the first people to receive their vaccination at Long Lee Surgery, Keighley.

Mohammed said, “If I can help save just one person’s life by encouraging them to have their vaccination then I’ll be very happy. I’ve been staying at home (self-isolating) since March, and only go out to go to the doctors or for a hospital appointment. Having the vaccine is a lifeline for me and I’m looking forward to having my booster in three weeks so I can get out a little more in the New Year.”

Mohammed, who was a local textile worker before he retired, had spent most of the last 20 years caring for his wife Karamat after she suffered a stroke in 1997. She sadly passed away a few years ago and he now lives with his son, Mohammed Jhangir, close to Keighley town centre.

GP practice ‘hubs’ located across the district have today started giving vaccinations to patients aged 80 and above who are already attending hospital as an outpatient, and/or have been discharged home after a hospital stay. Some patients are also being offered vaccines at Bradford Royal Infirmary, if they are unable to travel to one of the hubs.

Dr James Thomas, the local GP who administered the vaccine to Mr Bostan and clinical chair of NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group said: “I would like to give a huge thank you to Mr Bostan and all those patients who have taken up the opportunity to come and have their coronavirus vaccination. It’s a really exciting moment to be here at the surgery today giving these life-saving vaccinations. The vaccine will make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“I would also like to say thank you to my colleagues across the NHS who continue to do an incredible job and have made a huge collective effort over the last few weeks to make sure we’re ready to deliver this historic vaccination programme.”

Dr Matt Curtis, from Long Lee Surgery, part of the Modality GP Partnership said: “We are really proud to be one of the first practices in Bradford to be able to deliver the coronavirus vaccine to patients. When we have been contacting patients, the reaction to being invited for the vaccine has been overwhelmingly positive, it’s a real lifeline for some of the most vulnerable and isolated people in our communities. Our NHS colleagues across Bradford district and Craven have really pulled together to get this up and running, thank you to everyone involved.”