Thurrock Community Hospital is new Covid vaccination centre

THE Alastair Farquharson Centre at Thurrock Community Hospital is to become a Covid-19 vaccination centre, it was revealed today.

The vaccine centre is one of six announced today, including Chelmsford City Racecourse and Colchester United Football Club and the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend.

The new centres are among a series opening nationally this week  as the NHS rapidly accelerates the number of sites it can give the crucial first dose of the vaccine.

Each of the centres can vaccinate hundreds of people a day and thousands of people each week, enabling the programme to ramp up as more vaccine supplies become available.

Each of the centres can vaccinate hundreds of people a day and thousands of people each week – enabling the programme to expand as more vaccine supplies become available.

People in the top four priority groups including people aged 70 years old and over, and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, are being invited to book an appointment at the vaccination centres through the national booking service.

The centres will also be vaccinating health and care staff who are being urged to get their first dose as soon as possible to protect themselves and others.

The six new large-scale vaccination centres planned to go live over the coming week:

• Chelmsford City Racecourse
• Colchester United Jobserve Community Stadium
• The Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea
• Former Riverwalk School, Bury St Edmunds
• Clacton Hospital
• Alastair Farquharson Centre, Thurrock Community Hospital

The new site in Thurrock, like the two existing vaccination centres at Stifford Clays and Chadwell medical centres will offer jabs to residents nominated to go there by local GPS.

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