Never-seen-before pictures show ‘heroics’ of UK Covid-19 vaccine programme

The images capture moments in museums, stadiums and cathedrals as efforts continue to vaccinate the nation.

Never-seen-before pictures show ‘heroics’ of UK Covid-19 vaccine programme

A picture of a man getting the Covid-19 jab in his garden on Rathlin Island is among a collection of images showcasing people behind the national vaccination effort.

The never-seen-before photographs capture moments across the UK in museums, stadiums and cathedrals over the past few months.

They come as figures confirm that more than half of the UK’s total population has received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The UK population is estimated to be 66,796,807, so the latest figures show that more than half the population have now had their first jab.

The series of images, taken by photojournalists Jude Palmer, Glenn Edward and Liam McBurney, showcase the size and scale of the UK-wide vaccination programme and have been published by the Government ahead of a new campaign urging under-50s to get the jab.

The three photographers captured the images throughout February and March as they travelled to mobile vaccination units, care homes and pop-up vaccination sites.

Ms Palmer said: “While the pandemic has been an incredibly difficult time in our history, it had to be documented.

“It’s been an honour to witness the incredible rollout of the life-saving vaccine first-hand and document this in a meaningful, compassionate way.

National vaccination collective effort photographs
Dr Gavin Chestnutt travelling to Rathlin Island to provide vaccinations (www.thisisjude.uk: Glenn Edward, Liam McBurney and the NHS)

Mr McBurney, from Belfast, was the photographer behind the lens for the image captured on Rathlin Island, off the coast of Northern Ireland.

Dr Gavin Chestnutt, 42, GP partner at Ballycastle Medical Practice and part-time farmer, is seen vaccinating 92-year-old Duncan Smythe in his front garden overlooking the Rathlin Island coastline.

Dr Chestnutt said: “It’s been a real honour to play such a central part in the vaccine rollout programme and witness people’s physical relief as they get their first and second jabs.

National vaccination collective effort photographs
People waiting at the vaccination centre in Salisbury Cathedral (www.thisisjude.uk: Glenn Edward, Liam McBurney and the NHS)

“Most overwhelming has been to see how grateful everyone has been for getting their vaccine and finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.”

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said the images provide an opportunity for people to look back on the vaccination programme and reflect on the efforts made to protect those most vulnerable to Covid-19.

(PA Graphics)
(PA Graphics)

“While there is much to celebrate with over 45.5 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered so far, the battle is not yet over.

“I urge everyone to do their bit – when you get the call, get the jab.”

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