The first Covid-19 vaccinations in Bexley began this week, and 975 patients have already received the ground-breaking vaccine.

Bexley Primary Care Network (PCN), a group of four local GP practices, has begun the roll out of the vaccine offering it to people aged over 80 years.

Dr Clive Anggiansah, the GP clinical lead (Bexley) for the NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group said: "Logistically, this has been an extremely challenging project, but we are very happy to have started the roll out of the vaccination in Bexley.

"It is important patients remember, however, that when it is their turn for a vaccination, they will be contacted by the NHS and offered an appointment.

"They should not be contacting the NHS, local hospitals or their GP practice requesting an appointment for the covid vaccination.”

The vaccination site at Bursted Woods was visited by Councillor Teresa O'Neill OBE, leader of Bexley Council, who was able to meet staff, volunteers and some patients.

Cllr. O’Neill said: "This is an important moment for Bexley and we look forward to the time when the vaccine protects us from the virus.

"It’s great to see that so many volunteers from our community have stepped up to support the NHS.

"It is really important that we all continue do our bit to protect our family and friends. Government guidelines mean that you can form a Christmas bubble with up to three households, but meeting friends and family risks spreading the virus to those we love."

She added: "Please plan carefully, because the best gift we can give is to keep each other safe."

Over the next few weeks the remaining three Primary Care Network vaccination centres (at Clocktower, Frognal and North Bexley) will commence vaccinating to people over 80 in their areas as the vaccine becomes available.