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Journalist undergoing cancer treatment shares coronavirus jab ‘relief’

A regional journalist who is being treated for cancer has shared his “relief” at being given his first coronavirus vaccine.

The Hunts Post’s Julian Makey, who is classed as “clinically vulnerable”, has received the AstraZeneca jab.

At the time of the first national lockdown, Julian wrote of his experience about being asked to self-isolate for three months due to the fact he is undergoing treatment for blood cancer.

He has now shared his thoughts on being vaccinated in a piece for the Huntingdon-based Post.

Julian Makey receives the jab from Dr Urjit Soni

Julian Makey receives the jab from Dr Urjit Soni

Julian wrote: “It may be a bit unusual to say that someone sticking a needle in your arm came as a relief – but that was certainly the case for me.

“As someone who is classed as clinically vulnerable, I was getting anxious.

“I have a form of blood cancer and am 65 which puts me in the ‘at risk’ category and the news that I was going to get the vaccine was a weight off my mind

“There had been a long wait between the announcement of the Covid-19 vaccines and the forthcoming inoculation programme before Christmas and me actually getting the jab.”

Julian’s jab came just a fortnight inside Boris Johnson’s mid-February deadline.

He added: “To say that I was frightened about the delay is probably an overstatement, but I was certainly growing increasingly concerned about the time it was taking between the announcement of the vaccine programme and receiving any official information.

“As for the jab itself, it could hardly have gone better.

“I went to the hub in Huntingdon, put together by the local surgeries, and was quickly ushered inside to join the queue where there was a brief wait before the AstraZeneca jab was administered by Dr Urjit Soni, who happens to be one of my GPs.”

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