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London (AP) — In 1948, John Peek won the silver medal at the London Olympics. In 2021 …

London (AP) — In 1948, John Peek won the silver medal at the London Olympics. In 2021, also in London, he attacked what many consider to be gold and received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

Amid growing concerns about rising COVID outbreaks in nursing homes in the UK, a 96-year-old woman was one of 45 people living in the Wimbledon Beaumont Care community in southwest London on Wednesday at Oxford University and the British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Inoculated the vaccine developed by.

“I’m glad to have it, and thank you for the fact that it came to this place early,” he told The Associated Press after receiving his jab.

Peak was the youngest member of the 1948 British field hockey team, who lost 4-0 to India in the final of the first Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium after World War II.

“I think I’m lucky to have lasted as long as I have,” he said.

Still, one of the oldest surviving Olympic athletes, Peak, wasn’t the oldest shot at a nursing home. The honor was given to 102-year-old Joan Potts. Joan Potts was in a wheelchair, apparently fragile, but had eyes that expressed wonder in the world.

The UK is leading the world in vaccination drives in many ways. It was the first country to approve and use a vaccine designed by US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German BioNTech. This was the first time that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was approved. It also approved one-third by Moderna, but it is not expected to arrive until spring.

Already, about 2.5 million people in the UK have received their first jabs. The UK is on a different path than any other country to vaccinate as many people as possible. Instead of giving a second vaccination within 3-4 weeks, give it within 12 weeks.

The first line-up is healthcare professionals over the age of 80, nursing home residents and their caregivers. The UK government was aiming for all nursing home residents to have their first jab by the end of the month, but given the recent increase in new infections in nursing homes, doctors should go faster now. I am being prompted.

Dr. Jane Allen, who has been caring for Wimbledon residents for nearly 40 years, was at hand to deliver the jab.

“I’m certainly happy to have finally arrived. Perhaps they had a very difficult year because it gives the inhabitants a little more freedom,” said rushing vaccinations to nearly 200 nurses with her partner. Allen, who was out, said he was a resident at home for more than a day.

Two rescue workers arrived with a shiny red bag containing a valuable vaccine dose. Allen answered the necessary questions with the help of nurse Fernando Castillo. How are you feeling How about allergies? Would you like to get this vaccine against the coronavirus?

While waiting for them to take a shot, the inhabitants gave a glimpse of their personality and past, showing empathy, humor, and resilience.

For some, during these long months of the pandemic, it was a great relief, including the crowd’s 86-year-old Gwen Nurse, who just “felt very lonely.”

“I’m a grandmother, not so important to me, but important to young people,” she said.

For others, it was a more violent incident.

“I’ve been jabed many times,” said Ian Hurley, 80, a former cop who helped create Crimestoppers’ phone lines and never missed the opportunity to show off his edgy sense of humor. Told.

“In any case, I may get out of here, cross the road and be overrun,” he said.

Some people, like Harley, rolled up their sleeves and continued to do so. For others, it was a more painstaking process and required the peace of mind of a doctor. Retired Secretary-General Pamela Rahman, 84, was found to be wearing the best clothes on Sunday, but not the easiest to vaccinate.

Vaccination does not mean that nursing home residents will be able to live as they used to. As a starting point, it takes 21 days for your immune readings to appear. But it helps eliminate the fear that they could be infected with the virus that blamed the deaths of about 85,000 people in the UK. The majority of them are over 65 years old.

And how should we end such a memorable day? Of course at the party.

“Our care home was always full of laughter and joy,” said Gayane Selimyan, general manager of a nursing home owned by Burchester Healthcare. “We are very happy and excited. Today we are going to have a vaccination party to celebrate.”

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