Vaccine program: ‘A ray of hope that will usher in a new era in 2022,’ according to the program.
VACCINES LIGHTED THE WAY OUT OF THE PANDEMIC’S DARKEST DAYS, an NHS chief declared last night, urging people to reclaim the community spirit that sprung up at the beginning of the crisis.
The incredibly successful Covid vaccine, according to Dr Nikki Kanani, a GP and deputy lead for the vaccination program, should make 2022 feel much more positive.
“My hope for 2022 is that people continue to feel the optimism that the vaccine program provided us,” she told the Daily Express.
“Last year, it wasn’t just about a shot in the arm; we were emerging from our darkest period as a society and as communities.”
“That ray of hope meant we could look forward and say we could get back to doing what we loved.”
“As a result, this is the year of hope.”
This is the year we really focus on keeping ourselves healthy, on taking care of ourselves and not just getting vaccinated, but also making sure we get our health checks and stay as healthy as possible.”
When the country was first plunged into crisis almost two years ago, the leading GP recalled the sense of community.
“What I want us to do in 2022 is really reclaim that and remember how important it was to look out for each other,” she said.
“Because that is what we, as individuals and as a society, must do.”
During the pandemic, Dr. Kanani has become a household name, frequently appearing at Downing Street briefings to give public advice.
Her father was an economic migrant from Kenya, and her mother was a refugee from Uganda who came to the UK in 1972.
She grew up in south London and attributes her interest in medicine to the hours she spent assisting at her parents’ neighborhood pharmacy.
She was the first woman to be named medical director of primary care at NHS England, where she oversees GP services, in 2018.
“I decided to become a GP while in training because I saw what an incredible connection a GP and a general practice team have with people and families over time,” she said.
“It was something I really wanted to be a part of, caring for people from birth to death, guiding them through their darkest and most difficult moments while also celebrating their triumphs.”
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