Thousands have now been given the jab at Didcot’s local vaccination centre with the help of volunteers.

400 people received the Oxford Covid jab on Saturday morning at the Didcot Civic Hall, and there to calm the nerves of anxious patients were volunteer’s councillor Ian Snowdon and MP David Johnston.

Mr Snowdon said the day went like “clockwork”, the councillor for Didcot West stood in the car park and explained the process and one-way system to visitors.

He said: “There are so many volunteers there and they are all so brilliant. It is a privilege to help people.

"Many come in quite anxious, but when you explain to them, they realise how well organised it is and they relax.”

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Although there are some anxious patients many residents are relaxed and proud to be getting an Oxford made vaccine.

The councillor and other volunteers have even been receiving gifts for their help.

Courtney Hughes, the woman behind Didcot’s festive fundraiser Secret Santa, made a visit to the vaccination centre and brought food, sweets, and chocolate for the volunteers.

Now, the helpers often receive coffee and biscuits as a thank you from those getting the jab.

Councillor Ian Snowdon also sits on the committee for Didcot Volunteer Drivers and the community larder.

He said: “I am not there as a District councillor; I am there as a volunteer like everybody else. I am furloughed from work, so I am climbing the walls and I am looking for things that keep me busy. The people that volunteer there are absolutely amazing.”

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