Posted: January 11 2021
Staff with Margaret Austin, the first vaccination patient at Robertson House
Hertfordshire residents aged 80 and over are amongst those being invited to book a coronavirus vaccination at Robertson House in Stevenage, one of the seven new NHS vaccination centres that open this week in England.
Invitation letters have been sent to people aged 80 or over who live within a 30 to 45-minute drive from the site explaining how they can book a slot – over the phone or online through the national booking service.
The centres offer a convenient alternative to GP and hospital services and can each deliver thousands of vaccinations every week, scaling up and down according to vaccine supplies and demand.
The vaccination centre in Hertfordshire is at Robertson House in Stevenage, a conference centre and office building owned by Hertfordshire County Council. It is the first of this wave of vaccination centres in the east of England and will be followed by with many more expected to be up and running in the country by the end of the month.
Nurses, doctors, physios and other NHS staff working nearby will also be able to receive their vaccination at Robertson House, along with social care and care home workers.
The vaccination centre at Robertson House is being run by Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT), drawing on its proven track record of delivering local immunisation programmes in the area. HCT has set the centre up with the support of Hertfordshire County Council, Stevenage Borough Council, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue and other local organisations.
HCT’s Director of Nursing and Quality, Sarah Browne, said: “Everyone at HCT and our partners has been working very hard in the lead up to opening the region’s first vaccination centre today. We can now welcome local people in the prioritised age groups with confirmed appointments to receive their vaccine, along with health and social care workers from across our area. This represents a big step forward in helping to beat the COVID-19 pandemic. My sincere thanks go to our project team and our school age immunisation team who have worked around the clock to deliver this programme.”
NHS national medical director Professor Stephen Powis said: “The coronavirus vaccination programme, the largest in NHS history, has got off to a strong start. With more vaccine supplies now coming on stream, we are rapidly accelerating the programme and these large scale NHS vaccination centres are an important new way for people to get the life-saving jab, alongside our GP and hospital services. NHS staff are under huge pressure with big rises in coronavirus infections leaving record numbers needing hospital treatment, but we are still pulling out all the stops to deliver Covid jabs as swiftly as we can.”
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