'Heroics' of UK Covid vaccine effort captured in never-seen-before photos

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

The never-before-seen photos capture moments across the UK in museums, stadiums and cathedrals of the past few months as efforts continue to vaccinate the nation against the virus.

Taken by photojournalists Jude Palmer, Glenn Edward and Liam McBurney, the series of images shows the size and scope of the UK vaccination program and was released by the government ahead of a new campaign calling on those under 50 to give up to get.

Images include smiling portraits of vaccinators and volunteers, a bird’s eye view of socially distant patients waiting for their pokes in Salisbury Cathedral, and an elderly couple holding hands at a vaccination site in Ulverston, Cumbria.

The three photographers took the pictures in February and March as they traveled to mobile vaccination units, nursing homes and pop-up vaccination centers.

Ms. Palmer said, “Although the pandemic was an incredibly difficult time in our history, it needed to be documented.

“It was an honor to see firsthand the incredible launch of the life-saving vaccine and to document it in a meaningful, compassionate way.

“The photo project tells a lot of real stories from people involved in the vaccination program and from people who have already signed up to get their vaccine, of their smiles, laughs, nerves and sighs of relief when we go down a more normal path One step closer to life. “

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Mr McBurney of Belfast was the behind-the-lens photographer for the picture taken 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 yard overlooking the Rathlin Island coastline.

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Dr. Chestnutt said, “It is a real honor to play such a pivotal role in the vaccine rollout program and to see people’s physical relief when they get their first and second push.”

“To rescue elderly people traveling to the clinic through snow and frost, I have used boats and cars to travel to the remotest corners of Northern Ireland.

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

The Department of Health and Welfare (DHSC) said the images offer people a chance to look back on the vaccination program and reflect on the efforts that have been made to protect those most at risk from Covid-19.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “These incredible photos show the heroic efforts of thousands of vaccines and volunteers in every corner of the UK who have given so much to protect the most vulnerable in our society from this cruel virus.

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

“I urge everyone to do their part – if you get the call, get the push.”

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