Morecambe Cricket Club to host new Covid-19 vaccination centre

Morecambe Cricket Club is to be used as a hub to deliver Covid-19 jabs as more community pharmacies join the fight against the pandemic.

Friday, 5th February 2021, 10:24 am
Morecambe Cricket Club will be hosting a Covid-19 vaccination centre. Photo: Google Street View

NHS staff will be delivering vaccinations at a network of more than nine vaccination sites across Lancashire when six more services open their doors in the coming days.

These new sites - including Morecambe Cricket Club in Woodhill Lane from tomorrow, Saturday February 6 - will support efforts to get the vaccine out to those in high-risk groups as quickly as possible.

The new pharmacy-run sites join the five large-scale vaccination centres in Lancaster Town Hall, Blackburn, Blackpool, Kendal and Ulverston, 11 hospital hubs and 36 GP-led sites in rolling out the Lancashire and south Cumbria Covid-19 vaccination programme.

The news comes just weeks after The Visitor and Lancaster Guardian joined forces with sister papers across JPIMedia to launch its Shot in the Arm campaign in a bid to get the vaccination programme rolled out through community pharmacies.

Jane Scattergood, nurse and Covid-19 vaccination director for Lancashire and south Cumbria, said: “As the expansion of the Covid-19 vaccination programme continues to gather pace, we are delighted to see the opening of five further vaccination sites across Lancashire, to help people to access their vaccinations as easily and quickly as possible.

“If you have received your letter from the NHS, please don’t delay – book your appointment as soon as possible, so we can vaccinate as many people from the highest priority groups as quickly and safely as possible.”

Kath Gulson, chief executive officer of Community Pharmacy Lancashire, said: “Community Pharmacy Lancashire represents 358 community pharmacies in Lancashire.

"We are pleased to see our pharmacists playing a role in delivering the Covid-19 vaccination programme alongside our GP colleagues and other providers, supporting local patients and communities.

“Community pharmacy has a vital role in supporting the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine. We welcome the second wave of community pharmacies going live to support the national effort in delivering the programme.”

Ali Dalal, superintendent pharmacist for Aspire Healthcare, who are offering their services in Ormskirk, said: “Pharmacists across the country are ready and willing to participate in the vaccination programme and to see our centre ready is a really positive step.

"One of the beauties of community pharmacy is in its name; community. It fills me with hope that when we asked Edge Hill University if we could use their site to vaccinate the local community, they were more than happy to help."

The new pharmacy operated sites will initially be vaccinating people aged 70 and over, who have received a letter inviting them to book an appointment on the national booking system, along with frontline health and social care staff. This is in line with prioritisation agreed at a national level.

The range of different locations available in Lancashire and South Cumbria means that people can choose the option that will work best for them once they are invited to book an appointment.

Those who do not wish to have their jab at one of the large-scale vaccination centres or a pharmacy run site can wait to receive an invitation from their GP practice.