Isle of Wight Council leader, Dave Stewart, said: “This is truly fantastic news. The launch of the COVID-19 vaccination hub at St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, will, I’m sure, prove to be a pivotal moment in the battle against the pandemic.
“Coronavirus is the greatest health challenge in NHS history, taking loved ones from us and disrupting every part of our lives. Our hospital has cared for many seriously ill COVID-19 patients and has seen beds fill up again in recent weeks.
“Our hard-working NHS and health and social care staff are proud to be leading the charge against this devastating virus and the roll-out of this vaccine will give them the protection they so desperately need and deserve.
“Vaccinations provide hope and are a part of the way out of this pandemic. Unfortunately it will still take time to deliver so we must continue to protect ourselves from the virus which is now much more contagious and transmissible.
“We must all redouble our efforts and follow the rules to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to protect ourselves and others. We should keep in mind the good news that the vaccine will benefit everyone in due course.”