A new vaccination centre has opened in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent to deliver the coronavirus vaccine.
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT), Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Unitas Stoke-on-Trent have worked in partnership to transform an empty warehouse into a brand-new vaccine roll-out facility in just over two months.
Neil Carr, Chief Executive Officer of MPFT, who is also Senior Responsible Officer for the Vaccination Programme, said: “This site represents a major step forward in what is already a very impressive network of facilities locally that are providing vaccinations that will help defeat Covid-19.
“To begin with, the Tunstall site will concentrate on vaccinating frontline staff who work in health and social care in community settings. These include staff from local NHS trusts, local authorities and private organisations, who frequently visit vulnerable people in their own homes.”
The 12,000sq ft. site includes a triage area to administer the vaccines, an observation area, and staff welfare facilities including lockers and toilets.
Unitas, alongside their suppliers and contractors, carried out the installation of key infrastructure at the warehouse, including installation of an electrical lighting system, heating system, kitchen facilities, security systems, a PPE storage area and public access toilets.
Operations Manager for Unitas Stoke-on-Trent, Justin Moore, said: “We are incredibly proud of our team who were able to mobilise so quickly to deliver these works, collaborating with the designers and our supply chain partners to make this roll-out facility possible.”
“The joint effort from the NHS, the City Council, Unitas staff and contractors to deliver on this project has been fantastic.”
Neil Carr added: “The development of the community vaccination sites has been a great example of partnership working between the NHS, local authorities and other partners. Together we have efficiently implemented facilities which will play a significant role in supporting local residents to protect themselves against coronavirus.”
The warehouse, owned by the City Council, is expected to accommodate up to 500 people per day to receive the new vaccine.
Councillor Abi Brown, leader of the Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “I am delighted to see the first vaccines take place at this new vaccine centre.”
“This is an essential way out of the virus for us – not only to protect our loved ones, friends and colleagues but also to ensure essential services can continue and so that we can get back to normal life as quickly as possible.”
“It was really important to me that people in the city were able to access this service locally so it’s a huge step forward. Hope is shining through and we just need to keep working collectively to do all we can to kick coronavirus out of Stoke-on-Trent.”
Visits to the centre will be by appointment only. If you are eligible for the COVID vaccine you will be contacted directly.