The first Covid-19 Vaccination Centre in Herefordshire and Worcestershire will spring into action today (Monday, 25 January).
The centre, at the Artrix Theatre in Bromsgrove, will initially concentrate on vaccinating frontline health and social care workers from the virus, allowing them to stay at work to help protect patients. The most vulnerable patient groups will also start to be invited for vaccinations from next week.
It is a major new development in the growing vaccination programme across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The news comes as the government announced the UK had vaccinated over 2.3 million people in the previous week.
Bromsgrove MP, Sajid Javid said: “It is fantastic news that the Artrix Theatre will be delivering the Covid-19 vaccine. The rollout of this vaccine locally is a momentous occasion that provides fresh hope that we can beat this pandemic, reclaim our lives and get our economy moving again.”
“The start of this vaccination programme is a positive one, but we must all continue to play our part and abide by the local restrictions to suppress the virus and support the NHS as they carry out this vital work.”
Recent data also shows Herefordshire and Worcestershire as possessing the joint highest vaccination rate in the country with over 12% of the population vaccinated (as of January 18).
Simon Trickett, Chief Executive of NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG, 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.”