Large scale vaccination centre opens in Wisbech
Hundreds of people turned out on Friday when doors to a large scale vaccination hub opened in Wisbech town centre.
Healthcare workers and other frontline staff joined those from the most vulnerable groups to line up for the Covid-19 jab at the former Budgens supermarket in the Horsefair Shopping Centre.
The centre is providing an additional option to the vaccination hubs already successfully delivering vaccinations and by GPs across the county, including at Doddington Hospital.
Among those rolling their sleeves up was Jennifer, who said: "It was very well organised and quick and I feel relieved. Everyone should definitely get vaccinated, don’t hesitate as it’s been proven to work on diseases throughout history."
Christopher, who is a volunteer at NHS car service, got his vaccine in the hope of not only getting personally protected but also to be able to protect those around him.
Christopher hopes that the vaccine will allow him to see his grandchildren and have a bit more freedom in the near future.
Liz who also had the jab said she believes it was her duty to protect herself and those around her.
She believes that the vaccine will help her feel safer and hopefully give her more freedom in the near future.
She said: "I can't wait to be able to live a more normal life and being able to see and hug my children and grandchildren."
Jennifer said the vaccination centre was really great and staff extremely friendly.
Fellow vaccine receiver Keith is currently on medication for a rare form of arthritis which weakens his immune system.
He felt having the vaccine will give him that peace of mind. He also believes that having the jab will take the pressure of him putting pressure on others.
Keith said: "I would like to encourage other people to unite together and have the vaccine to help us get to some sort of normal.The vaccine was quick and painless."
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 have launched this large vaccination centre in Wisbech. Further centres will roll out in the coming weeks.
“The centres are capable of delivering thousands of vaccines in the coming weeks and provide a major boost to our plans to offer protection to those who would benefit most as quickly as possible.
"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 over the phone.
"We’d encourage everyone to book an appointment when they receive a letter but if anyone has already received a jab since the letter was sent out please disregard it."
Dr Gary Howsam, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group Chair and local GP added: “NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver what it is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as providing vital services for people who need our care.
“Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine; we will contact you. When you are contacted, please attend your booked appointment. Appointments are staggered to allow for social distancing and people are urged not to turn up early to avoid queues.
“It is vital that you do not attend the Oak Tree Centre or the Horsefair Shopping Centre vaccination centres if you do not have an appointment as you will not be able to receive a vaccination.”
“I urge people across Cambridgeshire to continue following all the guidance to control the virus and save lives – that means staying at home as much as you can, and always remembering ‘hands, face and space’.”