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Sam, 88, shares vaccine joy

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 "There's nothing to worry about. Get it done, it's as simple as that!"

Sam Harris, 88, didn't hesitate when he got the call to go to his local medical centre for his first Covid-19 jab.

Sam, who presents three shows a week on Middlesbrough-based CVFM, described the injection as a "tiny scratch".

He's been sharing his story to encourage other people to arrange their appointments when contacted by the NHS.

Sam, who is partially sighted, "was glad" when he got the call for his appointment on January 9.

"You don't even feel the jab," he said.

"I get a needle stuck in my right eye every two months which is much more painful than that tiny little scratch."

Sam was observed for 15 minutes after his vaccine when "one of the nurses had everyone singing the old-time songs".

The music lover broadcasts for CVFM from his home in County Durham.

"On a Thursday I play what I call proper music - swing, jazz from the twenties to the fifties.

"On a Saturday morning I have a two-hour fishing programme. I have a team of people from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales that come on every week and report. We've had guests on from China, America, Germany, the Faroe Islands - you name it.

"And then on a Sunday afternoon I play country music. I've had some of the biggest names in country music live on the programme.

"I've been in radio since 1954 when I was in the Royal Air Force.

"I've had a pretty good, varied life and I want to keep it that way - that's why I've had the vaccine."

CVFM is represented on Middlesbrough Council's Covid Champions network.

The group is helping to lead local efforts to contain the virus and is working directly with vulnerable groups around stopping the spread and promoting the vaccine.

The NHS is working at speed to contact all those in priority groups. Please don't contact your surgery - the NHS will be in touch when it's your turn.

For more information on the Covid Champions network visit the Covid Champions page.