All people over 80 have now been invited for their first Covid vaccine in the Marlborough and Pewsey area.

The Kennet and Avon Medical Partnership says the vast majority have accepted and been vaccinated.

Dr Ralph Rosalie, senior partner said: "Vaccination of care home residents and staff is well underway and will be completed by Thursday this week.

"This will allow us to move our focus to the over 75 age group who we will start to vaccinate this weekend. We are also identifying and vaccinating as many NHS frontline staff as possible".

Spokesperson Suzy Deering added that no one will miss out.

"KAMP have running lists of who has and who hasn't received their first Covid vaccination, our staff will use all methods of contacting patients to make sure everyone receives their invitation.

"If you or your relative are over 80 and haven't received a call yet, please contact us at the surgery."

The vaccines administered by KAMP have been from PfizerBioNTec.

Care home residents and staff have had the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine as it can be transported safely.

To date, only small amounts of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine have reached general practice specifically for use in care homes.

KAMP and the East Kennet Primary Care Network say they are moving as fast as they can to administer the vaccine safely and locally and will contact people when they become eligible.

As the vaccine roll out gathers pace, there are calls out for more volunteer drivers to get patients to the jabs.

Now that the vaccinations for all residents in the East Kennet area are being covered from two sites – Ramsbury and Pewsey.

Marlborough & District LINK, a voluntary organisation set up to provide transport for the elderly and vulnerable in the community, will be needing more volunteer drivers to take elderly residents from their home to their scheduled vaccination centre, and back home again.

Meanwhile, care homes are also reporting progress with vaccinations.

The Brendoncare Foundation says that residents and staff at Brendoncare Froxfield have now received their first Covid-19 vaccinations.

A team from Ramsbury Surgery visited Froxfield to give some of their residents and staff the vital injection. Their second vaccination will be given in due course.

Maria Wegner, home manager, said, “We are so grateful to the team at Ramsbury Surgery for coming to us to administer the vaccinations, as many of our residents wouldn’t be able to visit the surgery. Our residents and their families are delighted that the first vaccinations have now been received.

“It gives us all hope and we can now see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.”