Ten additional mass vaccination centres are due to open in England this week – including one in Essex
The Lodge in the village of Runwell, close to Wickford, is among the 10 new locations where large-scale vaccination will take place from tomorrow, (Monday, January 18.)
It has been confirmed by Runwell Sports Football Club that the vaccination will take place close the football club, and people can use their car park for getting their vaccinations.
In a Facebook post, the club said: “Just to advise that Runwell Sports & Social Club is assisting the NHS by allowing our car parks to be used for the Runwell vaccination centre.
“If you see the gates open and cars in the car park this is why, not that the club is open.
“Please be aware that the gates will be opened and locked as necessary so suggest you don’t park in there for any other reason for fear of being locked in.”
NHS England said they joined the seven existing mass vaccination sites across the country, alongside a thousand GP-led surgeries and more than 250 hospitals already providing jabs.
They also said the new centres would be able to administer “thousands” of jabs a week, scaling operations up and down according to vaccine supplies.
People aged 80 or over, who live up to a 45-minute drive from a centre, are being offered the choice of arranging a jab at one of the 17, or at a pharmacy site through the national booking service.
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Anyone not wanting to travel can wait to be contacted by their GP-led vaccination service or hospital.
641,000 invitations were sent out to last week and another 380,000 were due to be received this weekend.
Another half a million letters will go out this week, NHS England said.
It comes as the Government urged the public to “play their part” in supporting “the largest vaccination programme in British history”, including helping the elderly attend their appointments.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged people to commit to three pledges to “help out”, “join up” and “stay informed” during ongoing efforts to vaccinate, run clinical trials and share accurate health advice.
According to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), around 45% of those aged 80 and over in England have already been vaccinated against Covid-19.
The 10 new centres opening from Monday are:
– Bournemouth International Centre on the south coast
– Taunton Racecourse in Somerset
– Blackburn Cathedral in Lancashire
– Salt Hill Activity Centre in Slough, Berkshire
– Norwich Food Court in Norfolk
– The Lodge in Wickford, Essex -Runwell Sports FC
– Princess Royal Sports Arena in Lincolnshire
– St Helens Rugby Ground in Merseyside
– The park-and-ride at Askham Bar in York
– Olympic Office Centre in Wembley, north London