A Covid-19 vaccination hospital hub at Loughborough Community Hospital opened to the public for the first time yesterday (Wednesday) as the vaccine was made available to the Over 50s for the first time.

And it proved to be a birthday bonus for Rob McDonagh, who received his jab on the day he turned 54.

Rob was one of nearly 160 people to receive their first AstraZeneca vaccination in the Loughborough hospital hub, where staff and volunteers have been vaccinating health and social staff since February.

The IT consultant from Swithland was swift to take up the opportunity of vaccination close to home and said: “The vaccine’s the best birthday present I’ve had, and I’m looking forward to getting to the stage where we no longer have to moderate our behaviour to keep everyone safe, especially for the children as it’s not great for them.”

Loughborough’s Covid-19 hub, which is sited at the rear of the main community hospital building on Epinal Way, is staffed by a team of nurses, healthcare assistants, administrative staff from local healthcare providers along with volunteers..

It is one of four ‘hospital hubs’ for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland offering direct online booking – the others are Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital, Glenfield Hospital –and a public vaccination centre at the Peepul Centre in Leicester.

On Monday (22 April) Feilding Palmer Hospital in Lutterworth will also open for public vaccinations for anyone who meets the eligibility criteria, including those aged 50 and over.

Eligibility, venue and booking details for all are available on the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust website via https://www.leicspart.nhs.uk/latest/covid-19-latest-information/covid-19-vaccinations/book-your-vaccination-appointment/  or visit leicspart.nhs.uk and choose the Latest>Book your vaccination appointment tabs

Main picBirthday vaccination for IT consultant Rob McDonagh

Healthcare assistants Brooke Woolley and Hayley Hooper with colleagues at the Loughborough hospital hub public vaccination session