‘The light at the end of the tunnel’: Photography series capturing the ‘heroics’ of the Covid vaccine rollout is released as the government urges under 50s to get their jabs
- Never-seen-before photographs capture moments across the UK in museums, stadiums and cathedrals
- Comes as figures confirm more than half the UK’s total population has received a first dose of a vaccine
- The series of images were taken by photojournalists Jude Palmer, Glenn Edward and Liam McBurney
- Pictures include portraits of vaccinators, volunteers and a bird’s eye view of socially-distanced patients
A photography series capturing the ‘heroics’ of the Covid vaccine rollout has been released as the Government urges the under 50s to accept their jabs.
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.
Government data up to April 23 shows that of the 45,580,400 jabs given in the UK so far, 33,508,590 were first doses.
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.
An elderly gentleman received his vaccine at Herne Bay Community Centre, Kent
A health worker is pictured in full PPE as he prepared a vaccine at Priory Medical Centre in Leeds
Dr Gavin Chestnutt, 42, GP partner at Ballycastle Medical Practice and part-time farmer, travelling to Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland, to provide vaccinations
People waiting to be vaccinated outside the vaccination centre in Wetherby Medical Centre, Leeds
Pictures include smiling portraits of vaccinators and volunteers, a bird’s eye view of socially distanced patients awaiting their jabs in Salisbury Cathedral, and an elderly couple holding hands at a vaccination site in Ulverston, Cumbria.
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.
A woman is pictured after receiving her injection on a vaccination bus in an unknown location
People’s hands are sanitised as they wait to be vaccinated at Wetherby Medical Centre in Leeds
A woman at the vaccination centre in The Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells in Wales
An official dressed as a daffodil outside the vaccination centre in The Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells in Wales
More than half of the UK’s total population has received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, figures show. NHS England data up to April 23 shows that of the 38,189,536 total doses given in England so far, 28,102,852 were first doses – a rise of 107,656 on the previous day
‘The photography project tells many genuine stories of people involved in the vaccine programme and those that have come forward to have their vaccine already, from their smiles, laughs, nerves, and sighs of relief as we get one step closer to a more normal way of life.’
Mr McBurney, from Belfast, was the photographer behind the lens for an 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.
People waiting at the vaccination centre in Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury
Those who arrived for their vaccine at Salisbury Cathedral were seated at a distance from each other
People queuing at the vaccination centre in Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury
A health worker (left) signals to show her station is open at the vaccination centre at Newbury Racecourse, Newbury
Jennifer Shiels after receiving a vaccination at Oakleaf Medical Practice, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Alice Tooley at the vaccination centre at Gibson Lane Medical Centre in Leeds
‘To save elderly people travelling to the clinic through snow and frosty conditions, I’ve been travelling round on boats and by car to reach the most remote corners of Northern Ireland.
‘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.
Health worker, Gavin Chestnutt travelling to Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland, to provide vaccinations
Dr Gavin Chestnutt, 42, GP partner at Ballycastle Medical Practice and part-time farmer, vaccinating a 92-year-old man in his front garden overlooking the Rathlin Island coastline, Northern Ireland
A woman (right) holds an elderly man’s hand at the vaccination centre at Herne Bay Community Centre, Kent
A man’s shirt sleeve is rolled up to allow the volunteer to administer a vaccine at Aston FC in Birmingham
A health worker preparing an injection at the vaccination centre at Aston FC, Birmingham
A health worker smiles as she prepares to administer the jab at Aston FC in Birmingham
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: ‘These incredible photographs show the heroic efforts of thousands of vaccinators and volunteers in every corner of the UK who have given so much to protect the most vulnerable in our society against this cruel virus.
‘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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