18 Jan 2021
Vaccinations continue at Saints with a mass vaccination centre now open on the first floor while GPs continue their vaccination clinics for patients on the ground floor.
The St Helens Mass Vaccination Centre has now opened on the first floor of the Saints Totally Wicked Stadium at 8am this morning, Monday 18 January.
This follows the opening of the first seven vaccination centres across England at the beginning of last week and will offer vaccinations to both members of the public as well as health and social care workers from across the Cheshire and Merseyside region by appointment only.
This site is operated by St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and is separate to the GP-led community mass vaccination clinic which has been successfully delivering vaccinations to their patients since December and will continue to do so.
Members of the public aged 70+ who are due a vaccination and live within 30 to 45 minutes of a Vaccination Centre are being written to by the NHS nationally and will have the option to book their vaccination at this site (or other large scale and pharmacy sites in England) via the weblink in the letter they receive or by calling 119 - this obviously includes St Helens residents. Residents may receive this letter before they have been contacted by their GP practice.
The Vaccination Centre will also work directly with local health and care employers to directly book staff into appointments.
Members of the public are asked not to attend the centre unless they have booked an appointment via the website on receipt of a letter or have an appointment booked by their GP. The staff based at Saints are unable to book vaccinations and the public are reminded to be patient and await their turn on the priority list (see below) as they will be contacted in due course.
The Vaccination Centres complements, rather than replaces, existing vaccination services which will continue to receive deliveries and will continue to invite patients who are yet to be vaccinated. It is expected that the network of centres will be able to vaccinate tens of thousands of people per week once operating at full capacity, helping NHS England to achieve the shared goal of offering vaccines to everyone in the top priority groups by the middle of February, which in turn then means all services can then move on to vaccinating the next priority groups in line with the level of supply.
Each vaccination centre will be staffed by clinicians, non-registered vaccinators, administrative staff and a range of volunteers who will help make a visit run as smoothly and safely as possible.