The vaccination centre at Cathedral House in Huddersfield has started welcoming people back for their second Covid-19 jabs.

And among the first to complete the double dose was….Santa Claus!

Edward Wilkinson, 83, of Dalton, donned the red coat and white beard to play Father Christmas at the Kingsgate Centre in Huddersfield.

Though he’s long since hung up his beard, Edward remains an active member of his local community.

He has kept himself busy during the pandemic by making bird boxes in preparation for The Kirkwood open days.

Retired mechanic Edward said he “didn’t feel a thing” when getting his jab.

Helena Lodge, 86, battled snowy conditions when she got her first dose of the vaccine back in January. She said getting her second dose was “a much better experience.”

Helena, originally from Northern Ireland, came to Huddersfield in 1965 to complete her nurse training.

Helena Lodge and daughter Liz

She worked at St Luke’s Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, completing 30 years of NHS service before her retirement. She said: “I think it’s a good thing to have the vaccine.”

Elkanah Lawrence from Huddersfield said: “I’m happy to take the vaccine. I don’t want the virus. I tell all my friends and family to get the vaccine too.”

Elkanah, isn’t used to staying at home. The active 82-year-old is looking forward to being able to get out in his motorhome and is desperate to make a trip to Jamaica, where he usually spends part of the year.

Some people already have a confirmed appointment for their second jab as this was arranged when they booked the first vaccination. Others will be contacted by their GP practice.

There is no need to get in touch with the NHS to check you are on the list for a second dose. The NHS will contact you.

Elkanah Lawrence

Anyone aged 50 or over can now book an appointment for their first dose through the national booking service without waiting for a letter or by calling 119 free of charge.