After making history as the oldest person to receive the Pfizer jab in the UK on December 8, 2020, Michael Tibbs got his booster shot this week in Sussex.

Tibbs received Covid booster vaccination at Midhurst Pharmacy ahead of his 100th birthday in November.

The 99-year-old Second World War submarine lieutenant had received his first jab at Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Tibbs said: “I’m grateful to receive the booster vaccination as I was to receive the first. I didn’t notice any side effects. Just a prick, and it’s done!

“It’s wonderful and I think it’ll make a lot of difference to everybody.”

Since his vaccinations, Tibbs has taken advantage of his freedom, and is now looking forward to celebrating his 100th birthday with his five great-grandchildren.

The vaccination service at Midhurst Pharmacy is one of more than 30 across Sussex which are now giving covid booster jabs to eligible patients.

Lead pharmacist Raj Rohilla and his team at the pharmacy have been working hard to vaccinate thousands of people in the West Sussex community since the programme began in December last year.

Rohilla said: “It was a real pleasure and an honour to meet Mr Tibbs at our pharmacy. We feel it a real privilege to complete Mr Tibbs’ vaccination journey with his Covid booster.

“We would like to urge everyone who is invited for their Covid booster to take up the offer and book with the National Booking System either online or by phoning 119.

“We will also be running regular Drop-in clinics as well.  Please ensure that six months have elapsed between your second Covid vaccination and the booster.

The NHS in Sussex has urged everyone who is invited to follow in the footsteps of people like Tibbs by taking up the offer when they are invited.

People do not need to contact the NHS for vaccination, and will be invited when it is their turn.

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