New vaccination centre set to open in Lancashire
Target of 1,000 jabs per week to be carried out at facility
A new vaccination centre is to open in Lancashire to help with the roll-out of the Covid-19 jab.
Edge Hill University has joined forces with a pharmacy to support the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme.
Aspire Pharmacy will be managing the new vaccine centre which is set to open on the Ormskirk campus on February 4 and will see pharmacists administer the vaccine to priority patients.
The centre will provide a minimum of 1,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine per week to those eligible in the West Lancashire community.
The university mobilised staff to convert space on campus into vaccination pods to receive patients and to ensure health and safety measures and essential facilities such as car parking were in place.
People cannot turn up to the site, instead they will receive a letter inviting them to book a vaccine appointment through an online NHS booking service.
Edge Hill University’s deputy vice-chancellor Steve Igoe said: “Throughout the pandemic, we have worked together with our partners and have risen to the challenges of Covid-19; from offering symptoms and no symptoms testing facilities on campus, to volunteering to support our local communities or leading on research to increase our understanding of the virus and its impact.
“We will continue to listen to the needs of our community, and we’re proud to have been able to act quickly to support our pharmacy partners to provide them with the right sized facilities to administer the vaccine.
“The delivery of these vaccines offers us some light at the end of the tunnel that one day soon we will be able to come together again with family, friends and colleagues.”
Ali Dalal, superintendent pharmacist, said: “Pharmacists across the country have been ready and willing to participate in the vaccination programme, so to finally see our centre ready is a really positive step for the profession.
“Being able to use the university’s campus and the first-class facilities they have will allow us to offer more vaccines to those eligible in our community.
“People must have received a letter before booking though. The letter will have full details of how to make an appointment.
“Do not call your GP or turn up at A&E or your doctor’s surgery – the only way to get an appointment and the jab is to follow the instructions in the letter. Once you have received a letter, please make your appointment as quickly as possible.”
The vaccine site will be open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, subject to vaccine stock being available.