The Alfred Barrow Health Centre has been praised for its delivery of the coronavirus vaccine by a councillor who received his first jab there.

The health centre has been providing the Covid-19 vaccine to patients in the Barrow area since December 15 after being selected as part of the rollout.

Currently, people aged over 80 and NHS and care staff are receiving the vaccine against the deadly virus.

After receiving his first of two vaccine injections at the health centre, Ormsgill councillor Bill McEwan has highlighted how efficient the process was in a bid to put minds at ease for people who are nervous.

He said: “It was so fast and went really well.

“The Alfred Barrow Health Centre is just ideal for handing out the vaccine and works perfectly.

“There was a big queue when I got there, but it just went so smoothly and well, with staff guiding me through everything while I was there.”

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Spending only 45 minutes at the centre, Cllr McEwan revealed that he had felt no adverse side effects after receiving the jab.

The Labour councillor has now urged other residents to take the vaccine when being contacted by the centre.

“The vaccine is the only way out of this current situation, and with more and more vaccines being sent out, then we could be in a better place by Easter," he said.

“If anybody is contacted to receive the vaccine, then I urge them to go and take it.”

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These words were echoed by the first person in Barrow to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Walney resident, Patricia Lumb, called on others to take the jab after receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

She said: "As soon as I walked through the door I was so looked after – it was wonderful.

"I would tell anyone to go ahead and get it done, there's nothing to worry about.

"I have every confidence that it underwent proper testing and is safe to use.

"As many people need to get the vaccine as possible so we can go back to normal life."