Sheffield GP goes viral after filming himself delivering Covid vaccines on his bike
A Sheffield GP’s heartwarming video showing what Covid vaccinations mean to those receiving them has become an online sensation.
Dr Ollie Hart filmed himself getting on his bike with a single vial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and heading out to give the jab to 11 of the most vulnerable people, who have been stuck indoors throughout the pandemic.
He shared their moving reactions after receiving the injection to show just what a difference the vaccine is making as more people are protected against the virus, which has claimed more than 100,000 lives across the UK.
The video, which was filmed on Saturday, January 30, has already racked up more than 16,000 views since being shared on Twitter.
Asked what getting the vaccine means to her, one woman looks close to tears as she says: "Everything. I hope I’ll be able to see all my family grow and grow and grow. I just hope everybody does what they’re supposed to do and we’ll all be a lot safer.”
A second woman describes how she has not been able to go out but getting the jab has made her ‘feel safe’, while a third person says ‘it means a lot, it means my life’.
Another of those to get the jab tells how she had been ‘terribly scared’ about having the injection but her fears proved unfounded.
"It just wasn’t anything to be scared about. It went in and it went out, and I’m protected,” she explained.
One person tells Dr Hart in the video: “I know I’ve got to still obey the rules about masking and that but at least I’ll be able to get out a bit, even if it’s only shopping with my family, and seeing them.”
And another says: “I feel a lot safer now I’ve had that. A lot better. I would recommend it to anybody. My sister’s having it, my brother-in-law’s having it and I feel a lot safer now. I hope everyone has it.”
The video ends with Dr Hart saying: "Eleven vaccines done, 11 people protected. What a cool way to spend a Saturday morning.
"I have to say I love my job being a GP. We do all sorts, don’t we, but having the chance to give this vaccine to people who are so grateful and doing housebound people who are just desperate to get some protection is amazing.”
Nearly 600,000 people across the UK had their first coronavirus vaccination on the day the film was shot – a record for a single day – taking the total number of people to have received at least one dose to 8,977,329.
Dr Hart is clinical director of the Heeley-Plus Primary Care Network, made up of surgeries in the area.
He said a new delivery of vaccines is due this Wednesday morning and vaccinations are set to resume at The Matthews Practice in Highfield that afternoon.
Dr Hart has said that Sheffield is on course to meet the Government’s target of vaccinating everyone in the four most vulnerable priority groups by mid-February, provided there are sufficient supplies of vaccine, which he expects to be the case.