A new coronavirus vaccination centre opened its doors in Greater Manchester today becoming one of only seven ‘super locations’ in the UK to mass vaccinate public and healthcare staff.
The vaccination centre – opening from today (Monday) at the Etihad’s Tennis and Football Centre – will be used to vaccinate those who are over the age of 80 that haven’t already been vaccinated by their local GP or hospital.
The centre will also invite health and care staff who have not yet been vaccinated and live within a 45-minute drive from the facility.
Run by the NHS in Greater Manchester as part of the region’s Covid-19 vaccination programme, the centre will be strictly appointment only – with the NHS contacting people directly who are eligible.
Eligible people will also receive a letter in the coming days from the NHS with instructions on how to book an appointment online or over the phone.
Jacqui Burrow, Programme Director for the Vaccination Centre, said: “Staff have been working around the clock to mobilise this service. They have come together from a wide range of organisations and disciplines including immunisation and vaccination services, nursing, estates, pharmacy, organisational development, IT and staff training.
“Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on lives and livelihoods in Greater Manchester and the opening of this vaccination centre represents a vital next step in the region’s recovery from the pandemic and will enable us to deliver the vaccine at pace, protecting our local communities.
“To ensure that those who are greatest risk get their vaccination first, we are asking the public to help us and wait for the NHS to contact you. Please do not contact or turn up to the centre without an appointment. The NHS will contact you directly to invite you to book and have your vaccination when it’s your turn.”
The vaccination centre is staffed by clinicians and a range of qualified volunteers, including a combination of NHS staff – as well as people who have returned to their profession to support the vaccination programme.