THE Countess of Chester Hospital has today (January 10) administered its 10,000th Covid-19 vaccine.

Matron of planned care, Liz Gunsel, was the recipient of the milestone jab.

It comes just over four weeks after Countess patient Mona Thomas, 92, from Tarvin, became the first in Cheshire to be given the life-saving vaccine.

Liz said: "I feel really relieved to have had my vaccine. I also feel that it is an assurance for my patients and family.

"The vaccine wouldn't have been approved if there were any safety concerns and I think the risks associated with Coronavirus are so severe that we really do need this vaccine.

"If I had any concerns then I wouldn't have had it but I am happy and relieved that I have."

The vaccine was given to her by Sallie Kelsey, interim head of education, who said: "It's been a huge team effort for us – and all of the vaccination centres.

"Ten thousand is a monumental figure but our work continues to help protect as many people as we can.

"I'm incredibly proud to have been part of the Countess' vaccination team and to be part of the NHS's largest vaccination programme."