Hotel and church to be made vaccine centres in Covid first

A new vaccination site will open in a Derby church on Thursday, together with one in a hotel in Chesterfield and a third one in a Derbyshire village hall.

The three sites in St John’s Methodist Church, Allestree, Casa Hotel in Chesterfield and Pinxton Village Hall will bring the total number of vaccination venues in Derbyshire to 23, including six pharmacy-led sites, 15 GP-led sites, two hospital hubs and the vaccination centre at Derby Arena.

St John’s Methodist Church will be the first faith site in Derbyshire to administer the Covid-19 vaccine.

Sairah Hameed, who is pharmacy manager at Allestree Pharmacy, said she was looking forward to beginning vaccinations after so much work had been put in to prepare the site.

She said: “The whole team at the pharmacy has worked incredibly hard to get the site set up and we have had a great response from volunteers in the local community, and now we’re ready to go.

“We have had lots of bookings already, which is great, and we will be vaccinating from Thursday and into the weekend to begin with.

“I do want to remind people not to come to the pharmacy for their vaccination, and to get an appointment. We cannot vaccinate people without an appointment.”

Casa Hotel in Chesterfield is using two connected function rooms and making good use of the hotel’s ample parking and excellent access and ius the first hoel to be used in the county.

The site is run by Peak Pharmacy, but Darryl Dethick, head of business transformation said that his team has had lots of help preparing for the start of vaccinations.

He said: “We’ve been working hard getting the hotel ready to receive patients, and the hotel staff have been great.

“Some of the hotel staff will even be helping us with administration on the day – this is a big team effort.

“We will have three vaccination pods and have had really good response from people making bookings. We’ll be vaccinating every day from Thursday through to Sunday to begin with.”

Pinxton Village Hall – the third site to open on Thursday
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And at the third site in Pinxton village hall, Nicky Patel, owner and superintendent pharmacist at Pinxton Pharmacy, said it was great for the community.

He said: “So many people have pitched in to make this a reality, including the pharmacy team, the local parish council and a lot of volunteers. Pinxton Village Hall is an ideal venue, and we’re looking forward to getting started.

“We have five vaccination pods set up and ready to go, and we have been doing dummy runs of the process to make sure everything runs smoothly. It’s big moment for us all here, as we want to do our bit to help the vaccination programme.”

Each of the three new sites is led by a local pharmacy team but vaccinations are not carried out in the pharmacy itself. All vaccinations at these new sites require an appointment through the national booking system.

These are the vaccination venues across Derbyshire so far:

Pharmacy sites:

  • St John’s Methodist Church, Allestree
  • Casa Hotel, Chesterfield
  • Pinxton Village Hall
  • Ikhlas Community Centre, Derby
  • Horsley Woodhouse Church Hall
  • Jubilee Hall, Hatton

GP-led sites:

  • Babington Hospital, Belper
  • Buxton Medical Practice
  • Church Farm, Ripley
  • Derby Arena (GP-led site and the vaccination centre under the same roof)
  • Littlewick
  • Long Eaton HC
  • Newholme Hospital, Bakewell
  • Swadlincote
  • Sharley Park Leisure Centre
  • Shirebrook Leisure Centre
  • Springs Health Centre, Clowne
  • St Oswald’s Hospital, Ashbourne
  • Stubley Medical Practice
  • Thornbrook Surgery
  • Winding Wheel Theatre, Chesterfield

Hospital hubs:

  • Royal Derby Hospital
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Vaccination centre:

  • Derby Arena

Official Government advice on vaccinations is to wait to be contacted. It says the NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then. Letters are being sent out every week – you might not get your letter straight away.

Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News