THE first swine flu vaccinations have taken place in Huddersfield.
Health staff and vulnerable patients are the first to be offered the vaccine.
Dr Yvette Oade, medical director of the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, confirmed the programme had started.
She said: “We have received a first batch of swine flu vaccination for our most vulnerable patients and for some frontline staff. We will now starting rolling out the Trust’s vaccination programme, which has been developed to prioritise people in each group, as the vaccine is being delivered in batches to hospitals.”
The nationwide programme, offering more than 11m people the vaccine, began with hospitals immunising frontline healthcare workers and their patients who fall into at-risk categories.
About two million frontline health and social care workers will be offered the vaccine, as they are classified as at increased risk of infection and of transmitting the infection to susceptible patients.
The programme will be extended over the coming weeks with GP surgeries receiving deliveries from next week to begin the inoculations.