Husband, 87, takes wife on 40-mile round trip for her vaccine – but he’s turned away

Tony Gluck, 87, took his 85-year-old wife Rhode to get her vaccine, but despite the 40-mile round trip and his age, he wasn’t able to get his vaccine (Image: PA)

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A baffled pensioner was refused a Covid vaccine despite driving his wife 40 miles so she could get hers at one of the new "super-hubs".

Dozens of people started to arrive at the vaccination centre in Stevenage this morning patiently queuing in the cold before their jab.

Tony Gluck, 87, brought his wife 85-year-old Rhoda to have the vaccine.

She was notified by her GP that she was on the list but Tony didn't.

“I'm taking her in now,” said Tony, from Radlett, Herts. “We have no idea why she is getting the vaccination today but I'm not. “It doesn't seem fair.”

Hazel Daughtry, 80, from Potters Bar said: “I was told yesterday and I'm getting the vaccination this morning.”

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Authorities at Robertson House in Stevenage prepared this morning for the first of tens of thousands of elderly people to receive the covid-19 vaccination.

Road signs were put in place to guide people into the huge council administration block on an industrial estate in the Hertfordshire town.

A nearby road was closed and a dozen members of staff in hi-vis jackets made final preparations for the mass roll-out.

This comes as the UK hit 2.4 million people vaccinated today and thousands more people are due to receive a vaccine this week after seven mass vaccination centres opened across England.

The Covid-19 AstraZenaca vaccine in a refrigerator at the NHS vaccine centre that has been set up at Robertson House in Stevenage, Hertfordshire
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The big jump, from nearly 1.5 million vaccinated on January 8, as we enter what Professor Chris Whitty called “the most dangerous time” of the pandemic.

The mass vaccination centres will be in Bristol, Surrey (Epsom), London, Newcastle, Manchester, Stevenage and Birmingham and will have the capacity to vaccinate four people a minute.

NHS England announced hundreds more GP-led and hospital vaccination services would also open later this week to further help the effort.

A patient receives an injection of a Covid-19 vaccine at an NHS vaccine centre
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This is all a part of the national push to speed up vaccinations as we enter, what Professor Chris Whitty called “the most dangerous time” of the pandemic.

With many hospitals at tipping point, and patients being transferred away from the worst hit, the government has increased calls for people to stay at home and follow the lockdown.

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