Worcester MP Robin Walker visited the mass vaccination centre at St. Peter’s cathedral on Friday (February 19th). The hub, which opened on February 1st, has 16 separate pods with the capacity to administer 2000 vaccines a day.
The site is run by a federation of GP practices SW Healthcare, which also manages the Artrix Theatre site in Bromsgove.
At the time of Robin’s visit the team were working through some of the clinically vulnerable category, which included some vulnerable young people. Robin said:
“I was hugely impressed by the logistical organisation her at St. Peter’s. Despite the obvious challenges they have created a friendly, welcoming atmosphere ensuring recipients of the vaccine can feel more comfortable. Morale is incredibly high which is testament to the community spirit being displayed by the volunteers.
“My visit was a great opportunity to thank all the people who volunteered to be part of the operation from the NHS, the hospice, and the local community. Representatives from the church were also present and I thanked them for allowing the vaccination team to use their space. The hub is open 6 days a week with activity ongoing until 7pm.
“I am positive about the fact we’re well into category 6 patients – people who are clinically vulnerable beyond clinically extremely vulnerable. It is thanks to the volunteers here at places like St. Peter’s that we arrived at that point before the rest of the county.”
David McDowell, operations manager for the site at St Peter’s Baptist Church, said:
“This vaccination centre will further increase our local capacity to deliver Covid-19 vaccines, building upon the brilliant work of our GP-led teams, and those at the newly-opened Artrix in Bromsgrove.
“These have been instrumental in helping us to introduce the vaccine in Herefordshire and Worcestershire so far, and we look forward to doing our part in driving this programme forward.
“We will be inviting patients based on the JCVI priority list, targeting the most vulnerable patients first – so we’re asking patients not to attend the centre if they haven’t booked an appointment.
“GP-led teams will also be continuing to invite patients to attend local vaccination sites, so those patients who are unable to get to St Peter’s can wait to be called forward by their GP.”