Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s Big Vax-The-Nation Weekend got underway early this morning.

I was one of the first in Nottinghamshire to take advantage of this limited opportunity.

Vaccine bookings are still available, but committing yourself to a time weeks in advance is difficult when you’re schedule is busy.

I had previously booked my jab for Thursday, June 23, but took the decision to cancel as I had my 100 words per minute shorthand exam this morning.

I’m usually perfectly okay with needles, so I wasn’t particularly nervous to get my Pfizer vaccine.

If anything, I was excited to do my bit to protect against the spread of Covid-19 and start to get some normality back in my life – whatever that may mean!

I arrived at the Forest Recreation Ground at around mid day, and was slightly underwhelmed by the crowds.

A helper greeted me outside the tent, gave me a new mask and directed me into a room to be ‘checked in’.

The site was well organised and I felt at ease while I passed on my details.

The staff were kind hearted and I felt comfortable chatting away while waiting for the nurse to vaccinate me.

David, the volunteer at the vaccination said: “You’ll only feel a small scratch.”

It was over before I even realised I’d had my vaccine!

David was right, I did feel a small pain, but it was completely worth it.

I’d encourage everyone thinking of getting their jab this weekend to head down to a walk in vaccination centre.

It takes about 20 minutes, and you could potentially save someone’s life.

Walk in Covid-19 jabs will be available at nine sites across the county from Friday, June 24 and Monday, June 28.