Council Leader welcomes Covid-19 Vaccination Centre to the Civic Centre
Published Monday, 1 March 2021
Bromley Council Leader, Cllr Colin Smith welcomed members of the Princess Royal University Hospital and the South East London Clinical Commissioning Group to the Civic Centre as the new Bromley Covid Vaccination Centre established on the site prepared to open its doors to the public on 2 March 2021.
In support of NHS and CCG partners, the council cleared the way for the launch of a Covid-19 vaccination centre in the Great Hall, Civic Centre which will open its doors following a dry run on 1 March and will build to a capacity of more than 1000 vaccinations a day, offering welcome protection against Covid-19 to many more residents.
Cllr Colin Smith said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to support our NHS colleagues by providing the location for their new vaccination centre in this way.
“We knew from the moment we were asked to help that the Civic Centre site was the ideal venue, with so many people living nearby and the various transport links available for those living a little further away. So, it has proved.
“I am also very pleased to confirm that a decision has been taken to temporarily suspend car parking charges in the multi-storey car park immediately adjacent to the Civic Centre, for both the medical teams and their helpers manning the day-to-day operations at the centre, as well as those attending for their jabs, making things easier and more convenient for those who wish to drive, until such time as Bromley High Street re-opens fully for business.
“The opening of this centre is seriously good news for Bromley and I strongly encourage everyone to take up their offer to come and receive your jabs, whenever that call up comes.
“The more of us that do, the more quickly we get to finally defeat this dreadful virus and get our lives and freedoms back on track in time for summer.”
Initially, the centre will operate four days a week and as more vaccines and trained staff become available, opening hours will extend to seven days a week.
Bromley is one of two councils leading the field in the number of vaccines delivered in South East London with more than 90 per cent take up in the over 70s, over 80 per cent of the 65-69 age group already vaccinated, as well as the highest level of those who are clinically extremely vulnerable at well over three -quarters having been vaccinated.
Additionally, care staff and unpaid carers have also been offered the vaccine with many already taking this up. Anyone in these priority groups or who is over 60 – with people in other ages also due to be invited for vaccination shortly - and has not yet received an invitation or has changed their mind can now book appointments online at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/
Appointments are offered at either a hospital site; at general practice sites; a roving service for those unable to travel and now at the new vaccination centre at the Civic Centre.
Jonathan Lofthouse, Site Chief Executive at the PRUH, part of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are proud to play such a key role in the NHS’s biggest ever vaccination programme, and support our community in this way.
“Thanks to the skills of our trained vaccinators, and our amazing volunteers, we are looking forward to using this extra capacity to step up the pace and scale of the vaccine roll-out.
“It has been a tremendous partnership effort to get this new centre up and running so quickly, and today’s opening marks another major milestone in the PRUH’s continuing hard work to protect people from this virus.”
Residents are asked to use the first entrance to the Multi-storey car park adjacent to the Civic Centre as the ‘normal’ second entrance will still be operating as a paid-for car park for those not visiting the Vaccination Centre.
Picture shows: Jonathan Lofthouse Site Chief Executive at the PRUH, part of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (left) being welcomed to the Civic Centre site by Bromley Council Leader Cllr Colin Smith (right) as the new Bromley Vaccination Centre opens to deliver up to 1,000 vaccinations a day.
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