Prime Minister Boris Johnson was welcomed to Chase Farm Hospital today, where he met with staff who were among the first to receive the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

The Prime Minister was given a tour of the Chase Farm Hospital vaccination clinic, where frontline members of staff will be given the life-saving jab. As part of the visit, he met with some of the first members of staff to receive the vaccine, as well as the vaccinators who will be responsible for delivering it.

Mr Johnson also took the opportunity to speak with members of the executive team leading our vaccination programme, including group chief executive Caroline Clarke, group chief nurse Julie Hamilton and interim chief executive of Chase Farm Hospital Alan McGlennan. They discussed the pressures that the NHS is facing as it responds to COVID-19, and the practical arrangements being made to ensure that the vaccine is rolled out to frontline staff as quickly as possible.

Royal Free London group chief executive Caroline Clarke welcomed the Prime Minister to Chase Farm Hospital.

She said: “There are now vaccination centres open at all three of our hospitals, ensuring that those staff at the forefront of our response to COVID-19 – and other at-risk members of our community – have access to a vaccine that is sure to save many lives.

"Our teams have worked exceptionally hard to get these vaccination centres up and running. It was really important for us to show the Prime Minister the lengths that our staff have gone to, and how their efforts will ensure that the roll out goes as smoothly as possible. It was great to see their hard work being recognised."

Pictured below: Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets staff as part of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out