A CELEBRATION has taken place to thank those who have worked tirelessly over the last year to administer vaccines throughout Workington.

The Mayor held an event to celebrate the work that nurse have undertaken in the town to administer the vaccines throughout the town.

This included Saturday clinics in which as many as 1,3000 people were receiving their jabs in one day across two venues - Workington Community Hospital and Workington Sport's Centre.

Sue Jones, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner was on the front line of the vaccinations, said: "We are very proud to have been part of the team of people that has delivered the Covid Vaccination programme in Workington.

"This has been extremely successful and has reached a large proportion of our local population.

"It is really important to acknowledge that this has only been achieved through the efforts of a large number of people: my colleagues in the NHS, who have also continued to do their normal work, the wonderful army of community volunteers (Workington Emergency Response Group), who have given their time so freely and willingly and our community and local businesses, who have supported us with food, drinks and good wishes."

The Mayor of Workington held the meet and greet to thank workers for their efforts since the first vaccination was administered in the town on January 6 last year.

Workington Mayor Herbert Briggs who hosted the event with Mayoress Tracy said: "I have done this tonight as a thank you because I was part of the covid clinics starting 12 months ago and I wanted to give back to the nurses who have worked tirelessly over the last year.

"It's also to raise some awareness 12 months on theirs new variants appearing and if we hadn't of done this when we did and get people their vaccinations then we would,t be where we are now."

Workington Town Councillor and vaccine hub volunteer Paul Scott, said: "I was delighted along with other volunteers to attend the event, for over 12 months we have volunteered along side the most amazing people.

"We've seen the stress and the relief, but, more than anything we have seen the professionalism of a dedicated bunch of individuals put public health above family life.

" Its been an honour to support these NHS warriors and I will continue to do it as long as I am needed. "

All who attended the event on Tuesday evening completed a negative lateral flow test prior and are triple vaccinated.