Latest Cambridge large-scale Covid-19 vaccination centre opens at Chesterton Bowls Club
The NHS has launched a new, large-scale Covid-19 vaccination centre in Cambridge this week.
The centre, which opened on Monday, February 8, is located at the Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club, Logans Way, Chesterton, Cambridge.
The centre provides an additional option to the large-scale vaccination centres already delivering vaccines at the Grafton Shopping Centre, Cambridge, the City Care Centre, Peterborough, the Oak Tree Centre Huntingdon and the Horsefair Shopping Centre, Wisbech.
Dr David Vickers, medical director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which is co-ordinating delivery of the large vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, said: “We are delighted to be launching an additional large vaccination centre in Cambridge; joining the centres already successfully delivering this life-saving vaccination.
"Further centres will roll out in the coming weeks, including at the Peterborough Arena and Events Centre in the near future. The centres are capable of delivering thousands of vaccines a week and provide a major boost to our plans to offer protection to those who would benefit most as quickly as possible."
Dr Vickers continued: “We know adverse weather is being forecast for the East of England this week. Currently our plans are to open all our vaccination centres. Please plan your journey carefully and wrap up warmly.
"If the situation deteriorates and we have to temporarily close a vaccination centre, we will share this news via the media, our social media channels, and we will contact everyone with a booked appointment where we have their phone or email details.
"Please don’t take unnecessary risks - if you’re not able to attend, you will be able to rebook for another date.”
He added: “We’d like to say an enormous thank you to our amazing staff and volunteers for their incredible hard work, and also to colleagues at the Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club for letting us use their premises for this vital vaccination programme.”
Letters are being sent out by the national booking service to people in the priority groups as determined by the national Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) who live up to a 45-minute drive from the centres, inviting them to book an appointment at their closest centre either online or via telephone.
Everyone is encouraged to book an appointment when they receive a letter but if anyone has already received a jab since the letter was sent out, they should disregard it.
If people would prefer to wait to be invited to attend a hospital or GP service, they are able to do so - or if they already have an appointment booked for their vaccination with a hospital or GP service they can choose to keep the appointment.