Multiple venues in Salisbury and surrounding area now offering COVID vaccine
A number of venues in the Salisbury area are now open delivering thousands of jabs to people in the priority groups.
In addition to the hospital hub at Salisbury District hospital which has been delivering vaccinations since the end of December, a number of GP led vaccinations services have also begun. These include services in Tidworth, Larkhill, Wilton and at Salisbury Cathedral. And today a Large Vaccination Centre at Salisbury City Hall has opened its doors. The Salisbury City Hall site is being run by the NHS with support from the military and local volunteers.
Individuals from the top priority groups are in line to be invited to be vaccinated by both their GP and from the NHS nationally. Many patients have already been vaccinated and others are now receiving invitations that will include the Large Vaccination Centres such as the City Hall. Patients will be able to choose whether to have the vaccine at a Large Vaccination site such as the City Hall, or wait to be invited to a GP-led vaccination clinic, which could be more convenient. The over 70s are also beginning to be offered the opportunity to have the vaccination.
Fiona Hyett, Operations Director for Salisbury City Hall’s Large Vaccination Centre said: ‘A widening choice of venues in our local area means we can provide more opportunities for people to get vaccinated and administer thousands of jabs in locations that are convenient for the public.’
The NHS is working hard to make sure those at greatest risk are offered the vaccine first and people will not be able to make an appointment until they have received their invitation.
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Colleagues from the military and volunteers coordinated by RE:ACT have been working alongside NHS staff.
Leading Hand Megan Muirhead - Queen Alexandra Royal Naval Nursing Service, one of the military personnel supporting the site said: “It is something really positive that we have been able to come and support the NHS’s mission to deliver vaccinations to the people here in Salisbury. It also feels good to be working alongside the community volunteers and NHS staff who are working so hard and successfully to achieve the goal, and I feel privileged to be a small part of that.”
Richard Sharp, CEO at RE:ACT said: "We're hugely proud to be supporting the Salisbury NHS vaccination centre and it was a privilege to personally meet our volunteers on the ground and see the difference they're making. Some of the public arriving for vaccinations have been shielding for months so to have our volunteers engaging with them and helping them through the process is enormously rewarding. It's a significant moment for us, to have pivoted from an international disaster response charity to support the UK in response to Covid, to now being able to help the local community here in Salisbury on our own doorstep, and I want to thank everyone for their support."
Our staff at Salisbury District Hospital have long been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment they provide for our patients and for their innovation, commitment and professionalism. This has been recognised in a wide range of achievements and it is reflected in our award of NHS Foundation Trust status. This is afforded to hospitals that provide the highest standards of care.