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One of the first people in Fenland to have the coronavirus jab urges everyone to

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"Don't hesitate and have the jab" - that's the message from Ray Hutchinson, one of the first people in Fenland to have the covid-19 vaccination.

Eighty-four-year-old Ray, from Wisbech, says he feels privileged to have had the vaccination against the deadly virus so early in the roll out of the Pfizer Biontech immunisation programme.

He said: "I got a text message on Sunday inviting me to book an appointment to have the jab at Peterborough City Hospital, and I didn't hesitate, I was on the phone straight away and managed to get an appointment for Wednesday morning.

"When I got to the hospital I had to answer a few questions such as whether I had had any allergic reactions to food or medicines and what medication I'm taking.

"After that I joined the queue and had the injection. It was no different to the many other vaccinations I have had in my life-time - it didn't hurt and I have had no reaction whatsoever. I don't even have a sore arm.

"Now I'm waiting to have the second jab on January 13. I feel very privileged to have had it and I would urge everyone who gets the chance to have it as soon as they can.

"It won't change our lives for a month or two as my wife, Jan, is only 68 and is too young to have it at the moment. But as soon as they get round to her age group then she will have it and we can start to consider what we are going to do.

"Our lives have been a bit on hold this year, we haven't been out much at all and we haven't seen much of our family because they are scattered around the country and abroad. In fact we were supposed to be in California right now ready to celebrate Christmas with our relatives out there, but covid-19 has put a stop to that. Instead there will be just the two or us opening our presents and enjoying a special lunch.

"I know people say they are worried about the vaccination, and I know some people don't like needles and that sort of thing, but I would say to them what would you rather have? A small prick in the arm or a tube down your throat in an intensive care unit?

"The more people who have the jab the sooner we can kick this awful disease into touch, so don't hesitate."

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